Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Who’s the Most Unpopular Governor of All?

Only six months into their first terms, and a large number of Republican governors are getting low marks from their constituents.  We’ve noted the antics of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, who has nearly destroyed the state in an attempt to get workers’ collective bargaining rights nixed.  Then there’s Florida’s Rick Scott, who has been cutting programs left and right that affect women and children while pushing laws that benefit businesses, religious institutions and his own corporate interests.  And there’s Michigan’s Rick Synder, who has been shutting down local governments and installing his own people in charge of municipalities instead.

So, who’s the worst governor in the country? It’s so hard to decide!

Via Mother Jones:

Florida’s Rick Scott and Ohio’s John Kasich are currently the leading contenders for the title of the most unpopular governor in America, according to a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey. (A mere 32 percent of respondents approve of Scott, while just 33 percent support Kasich. A separate Quinnipiac poll puts Scott’s approval even lower, at 29 percent.) Michigan’s Rick Snyder is struggling with a 33 percent approval rating, and in Wisconsin, 43 percent approve of Scott Walker, PPP found—down 3 points from February and 9 from Election Day 2010. Only 41 percent of respondents gave Iowa’s Terry Branstad a thumb’s up. Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a darling of the GOP, has seen his approval plummet in recent weeks, according to a recent PublicMind released by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

There’s a key element to these bad, bad, unlikeable governors that gets lost in the shuffle.  In each of these states, the resulting bad policies aren’t entirely the governor’s fault.  Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan all have dominant Republican Houses and Senates as well, in many cases a veto-proof majority that makes checks and balances unheard of and allows one party to play willy nilly with every policy in the state.

Iowa and New Jersey, although they still have mostly Republican governments, still have Democrats holding slight majorities in the senate, meaning one party isn’t totally unchecked when it comes to setting laws.

Buyers remorse?  Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio would all bounce their current governors in a landslide if they had the chance to go back and have a do-over.

Will these governors be able to turn it around in time for a 2016 rematch, or are they happy being one term wonders if it means their entire agenda gets enacted?


photo from By State of Florida (http://www.flgov.com/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Ben G.
Ben G6 years ago

What has surprised (and appalled) me is that Janet Napolitano was a damn good governor in Arizona. Now that she is in Washington, she has turned into a Josef Stalin wannabe.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D6 years ago

Mike C.; the Democratic party in Washington just hasn't learned the craft of being cut-throat like the GOP. Progressives in middle America, however, are ready for a real fight and we're not taking the GOP bullshit anymore. You can tell little white lies Mike or you can be a big liar and you fit in the second category!
Republicans have not proposed one freakin thing except to say NO to everything Obama's administration has come up with. Oh....yeah, I forgot Mike, they have made proposals; cut billions from Medicare and Medicaid, fire teachers, fire firefighters, close PPFA doors, cut millions from EPA....see a trend here Mike? They've made proposals all right and all on the backs of the middle class. What have they done for you Mike?

Julia Heckendorn
Julia Heckendorn6 years ago

With the Democrats in control, the GOP controlled everything that they could and then some. The House passed many items and then the GOP held it up in the Senate. Our deficit spending was developed under the GOP with their going into 2 wars and giving tax breaks to the wealthiest. Even though President Obama and the Democratic Congress were able to get some very important items passed, they also were not able to get the Deficit under control. If they had eliminated the tax cut on the wealthiest, many of our deficit issues would be non-issues.
In Florida, we have a Governor who bought the office and has proceeded to make even the GOP dislike him. Rick Scott is indeed the worst or one of the worst governors!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Noted with thanks.

Ed Gould
Ed G6 years ago

Sad to say we are used to crooks in the state & Govenorship in IL and its been probably 40 years since we had an honest politician in IL. What has kept our politicians in check is that as soon as they are out of office the other party comes in and puts the bad ones in jail. Of course the final lines have not been written for our former gov.
Maybe when the new people are elected in Ohio, Tn. FLorida and WI you can get the democrats to charge the the old crooks. Of course stuopidity isn't a crime but malfeasance is.

John Doucette
John Doucette6 years ago

Yes, state legislatures approved all these anti-people actions. That does not negate that most of these actions were proposed by their governors. Gov. Scott is the worst in that his company will be directly benefited by his legislation to require drug testing for state employees and anybody receiving any kind of state aid. Replacing himself with his wife as CEO he seems to think everything is now above board. These governors have no morality, think they can ignore whatever laws they don't like or which are in the way of their agendas. I don't understand how any Republicans can still support them.

joan g.
.6 years ago

" SOUND MIND",.............. you may have something there!!!,,

thanks for the suggestion!!!!!!!!!

Mike Chrissie
Mike Chrissie6 years ago

let's see, the democrats controlled both houses of congress and the white hoiuse for 2 years, now they control the white house and one house of congress and all you folks can do is blame republican governors and Bush? The credit card is maxed out, you can't print worthless money for ever. The economic policies for the last 3 years are democrat policies and they are not working. The economy is on the edge of a second dip. The republicans have perposed plans, the democrats have NOT proposed any plans to get the economy going. Rather than whin about what republicans are doing democrats need to perpose alturnitives.
hey, the democrats never passed a budget last year when they had total control, talk about lack of leadership.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D6 years ago

I believe I greened up everyone on this first page and if I didn't, let me know and I'll send a green star.

Roger Nobles
Roger Nobles6 years ago

I once had some respect for conservatives, but reading their comments here, watching how their elected officials are bent on destruction. I'm started to believe that if you lump all conservatives and tea party extremist together, the combined IQ would be less than 0. Your flapping lips are blocking your vision and hearing. stop blaming and start supporting the positive efforts of Obama. maybe then we can regain focus and restore respect and dignity tainted by your distorted, two-faced LIES.