Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in the nation according to a survey released by Morning Consult on Thursday. His top spot status, was revealed in a survey of more than 66,000 voters in 50 states. Conducted from January to May, the survey placed eight Republicans in the top 10, with Baker leading the pack at a 72 percent approval rating in the Massachusetts Commonwealth.
Baker’s position and popularity as top dog in the Commonwealth, one of the country’s bluest states, is fueled by his ability to reach across the aisle and negotiate bi-partisan solutions on behalf of his constituency.
Baker last week repeated his stance on the presidential election, stating that he wouldn’t be voting for GOP presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump or former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Republican governor told a gaggle of press that he wasn’t a fan of either candidate, stating, “As I think I’ve said on a number of occasions there are a number of issues that I disagree vehemently with Mr. Trump on and I question whether he’s got the temperament to serve as president.”
Baker, said he was going to spend the next month’s leading up to the November general election concentrating on helping candidates in local electoral contests.
Baker’s popularity and numbers held throughout his freshman year and continue. In June 2015 a local WBUR poll had the GOP governor’s approval rating at 70 percent. Six months later, WBUR at the end of his first year in office, proclaimed Baker’s job approval and favorability ratings by far the highest of any state leader.
“Baker’s favorables, on the other hand, are extraordinary: He is much more popular than the governors of other states, including states whose economies, according to 2014 GDP data, outperformed our own,” WBUR’s Steve Koczela wrote.
Coming in a close second in the survey at 71 percent was Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who also helms a traditionally blue state.
Among New England governors, Baker was the lone recipient of top ten status. His approval rating had no competition amongst his neighbors, with only two of his gubernatorial counterparts reaching above the 50 percent mark. New Hampshire Democrat, Gov. Maggie Hassan had a 56 percent approval rating and her fellow Democrat, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin held a 55 percent approval.
Rounding out New England’s showing in the nation and among the ten governors with the lowest approval ratings were Rhode Island’s Gov. Gina Raimondo with a 41 percent approval rating at number 43 and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, only 3 percent off last place at number 49. Raimondo and Malloy were in the company of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 43 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 36 percent.
Christie, whose administration and presidential primary run were plagued by Bridgegate was recently chosen by GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to head up his White House transition team.
The Morning Consult results from around the country can be found here.
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 12, 2016.