Poll: McKee 3rd-least popular governor in nation

Updated 2:34 p.m.

IN ANOTHER CHANGE of plans, Gov. McKee has confirmed that he will participate in a Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council gubernatorial debate planned for this Thursday. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

PROVIDENCE – In a quarterly Morning Consult poll released Thursday, Gov. Daniel J. McKee was ranked third-least popular governor in the nation, only ahead of fellow Democratic governors David Ige of Hawaii and Kate Brown of Oregon.

McKee’s approval rating from 1,840 Rhode Island registered voters was 42% and his disapproval rating was 40%. Brown was the most unpopular governor, according to the poll with a 41% approval rating and 54% disapproval rating. Ige scored a 41% approval rating and a 50% disapproval rating.

McKee’s approval rating has substantially dropped recent months since climbing to 60% in the third quarter of 2021. The share who disapproves of his job performance increased from 25% to 40% during the same time period – the biggest decline in sentiment about a governor facing voters this fall.

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker remained on top of the approval ratings with a 74% approval rating and a 21% disapproval rating. The top 11 governors in the poll were Republicans.

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Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear was the most popular Democratic governor, with a 59% approval rating and a 36% disapproval rating.

New England governor approval ratings:

  • Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker, R: 74%
  • Vermont: Gov. Phil Scott, R: 72%
  • New Hampshire: Gov. Chris Sununu, R: 63%
  • Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont, D: 57%
  • Maine: Gov. Janet Mills, D: 53%
  • Rhode Island: Gov. Daniel J. McKee, D: 42%.

(Updates: Adds McKee ahead of two fellow Democratic governors in first paragraph and more details of McKee’s rating in third paragraph.)

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