A new state-by-state poll ranks Hawaii’s governor among the least popular chief executives in the country.

Gov. David Ige, according to a Morning Consult poll, has an approval rating of just 48 percent in the islands.

Ige’s disapproval rating is 42 percent while 9 percent either don’t know who the governor is or do not have an opinion about him.

The governor wasn’t available for comment Tuesday.

Governor David Ige gestures during Editorial board meeting at the Civil Beat office.
Gov. David Ige, seen here in the Civil Beat office in June, fares poorly in a new poll. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s 48 percent approval rating puts him near the back of the pack when it comes to popularity. He is tied with two other governors, Democrat Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Republican Doug Ducey of Arizona.

Still, Ige fared better in the Morning Consult poll than he did in a Civil Beat Poll in May that found more respondents had a negative opinion of him (38 percent) than positive (35 percent).

The Morning Consult poll found that 34 governors have approval ratings above 50 percent. (Iowa’s just-appointed governor was not included in the survey.)

The two governors with the lowest approval ratings are Republicans: Chris Christie of New Jersey and Sam Brownback of Kansas. Just 25 percent of those surveyed say they like the work Christie and Brownback are doing.

Christie made headlines earlier this month when he, his family and friends were seen vacationing on a New Jersey beach when state beaches were closed to the public due to a government shutdown.

Brownback, meanwhile, saw the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature reverse the governor’s tax cuts. Instead of stimulating the Kansas economy, as Brownback promised, the tax cuts resulted in giant budget deficits that necessitated painful cuts to programs such as education.

Who Scored Highest

The Morning Consult poll is based on interviews with more than 195,000 registered voters nationwide from April 1 through July 10.

Two Republican governors lead the country in popularity: Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland.

According to Morning Consult:

“Baker and Hogan, two canny dealmakers who have largely eschewed the national political scene and have been unsupportive of President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace significant parts of Obamacare, continue to enjoy the support of a large share of voters in traditionally Democratic states ahead of their 2018 re-election bids.

Seventy-one percent of Massachusetts voters said they approve of Baker while 68 percent of Marylanders back Hogan.”

Morning Consult is a media and technology company that claims to be at “the intersection of politics, policy, Wall Street and business strategy.”

Two other Hawaii leaders — U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, both Democrats — fared very well in a Morning Consult poll earlier this month. They were the second- and third-most popular U.S. senators, just behind Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont.

In the latest Civil Beat poll, about 55 percent of respondents also gave Schatz a positive rating, compared with 53 percent for Hirono.

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