South Carolina

Poll: Haley among the nation’s most-liked governors

By Andrew Shain

ashain@thestate.com

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley participates in a panel discussion during the Republican Governors Association annual conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley participates in a panel discussion during the Republican Governors Association annual conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. AP

Gov. Nikki Haley has the 15th-highest approval rating among governors nationwide, a new poll found.

The Lexington Republican, in the middle of her second term, received a thumbs up from 60 percent of the 1,174 registered S.C. voters surveyed, according to the poll, released by Morning Consult on Tuesday.

Haley’s disapproval rating — 33 percent — ranked 23rd nationally among the 50 governors.

Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was the nation’s most liked governor, receiving a 74 percent approval rating from voters in his state.

With a 26 percent approval rating, Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback finished last.

Haley fared better than her Republican neighbors.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has a 57 percent approval rating in his state, while North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory garnered 51 percent.

Among the 2016 Republican presidential candidates:

▪  Ohio Gov. Kasich fared best at 17th, getting a 59 percent approval rating in his state.

▪  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was 45th with 40 percent favorability — tied with a former White House hopeful, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

▪  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who dropped out of the presidential race this week, ranked next to last at 35 percent.

The polls nationwide were taken from May through November.

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