GOV. BAKER, SEN. SANDERS "MOST POPULAR" IN Q4 APPROVAL RATINGS
By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 10, 2019.....Gov. Charlie Baker extended his run as the nation's most popular governor to two full years but still hasn't matched the streak that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is on, according to new poll results.
Massachusetts voters approved of Baker's job performance by a 72 percent to 14 percent margin, with his net approval rising 5 percentage points over his third quarter rating, Morning Consult reported Thursday in its latest rankings of governors and U.S. senators.
The numbers show Hawaii Gov. David Ige as the first Democrat since 2016 to crack the top 10 most popular governors list.
The rankings are based more than 400,000 interviews with voters in the states where the governors and senators serve.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who recently announced she's running for president, showed a net 5 percentage point gain over her third quarter results, with 51 percent approving of her and 36 percent disapproving of her in the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter approval-disapproval results for four other "speculative" 2020 presidential contenders were: Sen. Amy Klobuchar: (58-27); Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: (47-28); Sen. Cory Booker: (47-33); and Sen. Kamala Harris (43-29).
The least popular sitting U.S. senator is Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who in the new Congress is working with a House now controlled by Democrats and President Donald Trump, now in the second half of his four-year term.
McConnell in the fourth quarter scored better than only Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who lost her re-election bid, and Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who did not run for re-election. McConnell's net approval increased 10 percentage points in the fourth quarter, with 38 percent of Kentucky voters approving of his performance and 47 percent disapproving.
Vermont voters approved of their independent senator, Bernie Sanders, by 64-28 percent margin, leaving him with the title of "most popular" U.S. senator for the eleventh straight quarter.
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