Tomblin has 62 percent approval, highest of any Democratic governor

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Tomblin has 62 percent approval, highest of any Democratic governor
By David Gutman, Political Reporter, WV Gazette Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has the highest approval rating of any Democratic governor in the country, according to a new survey of voters in all 50 states conducted by a Washington-based politics and polling site.

The survey gave Tomblin an approval rating of 62 percent among registered West Virginia voters, compared with a disapproval rating of 25 percent. Of the 619 West Virginia respondents, 13 percent either didn’t know or had no opinion of Tomblin.

Conducted by Morning Consult, the survey sampled more than 76,000 registered voters nationwide between May and November.

For West Virginia, the margin of error was plus or minus 3.9 percent.

At 62 percent, Tomblin’s approval rating is the ninth highest in the country, tied with the governors of Wyoming and Minnesota.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, has the highest approval rating in the country, at 74 percent, the survey found.

With approval ratings of 26 and 35 percent, respectively, Republican Govs. Sam Brownback, of Kansas, and Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana, are the two least popular in the country. Both states have faced massive budget shortfalls this year, brought on by large tax cuts./p>

The survey shows voters with a significantly sunnier view of Tomblin than was on display in a poll released earlier this fall.

The MetroNews West Virginia Poll, released in September, gave Tomblin a 47 percent approval rating, to go with a 32 percent disapproval.

Tomblin, who is term-limited, will not be running for re-election in 2016.The Morning Consult survey was conducted online and featured sample sizes ranging from 6,696 respondents in California to just 198 in Wyoming. The median sample size was 1,172 respondents.

“Voters’ home states were identified through a combination of their home zip codes and IP addresses, and each state’s sample was weighted based on gender, age, educational attainment and race, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey,” the survey’s methodology statement says.