Poll: Christie is country's least-popular governor

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval rating has been plummeting in polls in recent years, dipping into the teens in some surveys.

Gov. Christie has the highest disapproval rating of any governor in the country, according to a new poll.

The Morning Consult survey released Tuesday put the Republican governor's disapproval rating at 71 percent. Just 25 percent of those surveyed approved of Christie's job performance. Four percent didn't know or had no opinion.

Christie's approval rating has plummeted in polls in recent years, dipping into the teens in some. The governor's approval peaked in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and has steadily declined amid Christie's 2016 presidential campaign, and the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal, including the conviction last fall of two former aides in the Bridgegate plot.

Christie's disapproval numbers were even far above those of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who pleaded guilty Monday to campaign-finance violations and resigned. Bentley had been embroiled in impeachment proceedings and a criminal probe into violations discovered during a probe into his affair with a top aide. In the Morning Consult poll, 44 percent of voters approved of Bentley's performance and 48 percent disapproved.

The governors with the highest approval ratings were:

  1. Charlie Baker (R., Mass.): 75 percent approve
  2. Larry Hogan (R., Md.): 73 percent
  3. Doug Burgum (R., N.D.): 69 percent
  4. Phil Scot (R., Vt.): 68 percent
  5. Dennis Daugaard (R., S.D.): 68 percent

The governors with the highest disapproval ratings were:

  1. Gov. Christie: 71 percent disapprove
  2. Sam Brownback (R., Kan.): 66 percent
  3. Dan Malloy (D., Conn.): 66 percent
  4. Rick Snyder (R., Mich.): 54 percent
  5. Bill Walker (Ind., Alaska): 53 percent

The poll ranked all of the nation's governors and senators. On the list of governors, Gov. Wolf also fared relatively poorly, ranking 38th for his 48 percent approval rating. Forty-three percent of those surveyed disapproved of the Democrat's performance and 9 percent said they didn't know.

For senators, the Pennsylvania and New Jersey delegation all ranked in the bottom quarter on the approval-rating list.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker fared best, with 50 percent approving of the Democrat's performance, 32 percent disapproving, and 17 percent saying they didn't know or have an opinion.

For Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, also a Democrat, 49 percent approved, 29 percent disapproved and 22 percent didn't know or had no opinion.

For his Republican counterpart, Pat Toomey, 47 percent approved, 38 percent disapproved (the seventh-highest disapproval rating), and 15 percent were unknown.

Under-indictment New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez had the third-lowest approval rating at 40 percent. Thirty-six percent said they disapproved of the Democrat's performance and 24 percent did not know. 

The senators with the highest approval ratings were:

  1. Bernie Sanders (Ind., Vt.): 75 percent approve
  2. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.): 70 percent
  3. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.): 69 percent
  4. Michael Enzi (R., Wyo.): 68 percent
  5. Angus King (Ind., Maine): 67 percent; Susan Collins (Rep., Maine): 67 percent

The senators with the highest disapproval ratings were:

  1. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.): 47 disapprove
  2. John McCain (R., Ariz.): 43 percent
  3. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.): 40 percent
  4. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska): 40 percent
  5. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.): 39 percent

Morning Consult said it interviewed 85,000 registered voters nationwide between January and April. The margin of error varied by state and was two percentage points for New Jersey and one percentage point for Pennsylvania.