Governor's Rating Still 4th Highest in Nation
A new poll released by Survey USA shows that Governor Rell has one of the highest approval ratings for a governor in the country. Her 66% approval rating (23% disapprove) is fourth on the list behind North Dakota's John Hoeven (71%), South Dakota's Mike Rounds (70%) and Wyoming's Dave Freudenthal (67%).
Rell has the highest approval rating east of the Mississippi, and is comfortably ahead of the national average (41% approval, 48% disapproval). Most governors in the country fared poorly. The worst were Gov. Frank Murkowski of Alaska (27%) and Gov. Bob Taft of Ohio, whose 19% approval rating shows that having a portly presidential ancestor doesn't guarantee success.
However, this number is actually fourteen points lower than her most recent approval rating, which, according to Quinnipiac University, was 80% in April. This is the lowest approval rating Rell has received during her time in office.
This could mean that Rell's support is finally eroding, as many Democrats have been predicting and hoping it would. The two most recent Quinnipiac polls were influenced by Rell's battle with cancer and John Rowland's sentencing--this one probably more accurately reflects statewide approval of her actions instead of events surrounding her.
Still, following a month in which Rell was involved in a budget battle, signed a controversial civil unions bill and promised to sign a minimum wage hike, she's doing pretty well. If this number accurately relfects how people feel about her governorship, then people seem to like what she's doing. This number has the potential to be very solid, unlike the much higher figures we saw before. Democrats can be encouraged by the slide in Rell's numbers, but should wait to see whether it stabilizes or continues to fall before celebrating too much.