Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2020 Positions (Governors)

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State Office Name Party Rating
AL Governor Kay Ivey Republican 42%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 64%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 49%
CA Governor Gavin Newsom Democratic 53%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 50%
CT Governor Ned Lamont Democratic 43%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 51%
FL Governor Ron DeSantis Republican 61%
GA Governor Brian Kemp Republican 61%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 49%
IA Governor Kim Reynolds Republican 71%
ID Governor Brad Little Republican 51%
IL Governor JB Pritzker Democratic 30%
IN Governor Eric Holcomb Republican 56%
KS Governor Laura Kelly Democratic 41%
LA Governor John Bel Edwards Democratic 53%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 48%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 51%
ME Governor Janet Mills Democratic 45%
MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer Democratic 39%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MO Governor Mike Parson Republican 52%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 49%
NC Governor Roy Cooper III Democratic 54%
ND Governor Doug Burgum Republican 49%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 70%
NH Governor Chris Sununu Republican 75%
NJ Governor Phil Murphy Democratic 32%
NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 51%
NV Governor Steve Sisolak Democratic 57%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 49%
OK Governor Kevin Stitt Republican 48%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 29%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 51%
SC Governor Henry McMaster Republican 56%
SD Governor Kristi Noem Republican 59%
TN Governor Bill Lee Republican 40%
TX Governor Gregory Abbott Republican 62%
VA Governor Ralph Northam Democratic 39%
VT Governor Phil Scott Republican 61%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 18%
WI Governor Tony Evers Democratic 52%
WV Governor Jim Justice, Jr. Republican 53%
WY Governor Mark Gordon Republican 66%
Steve Bullock 53%
Andrew Cuomo 39%
Gary Herbert 49%
State Office Name Party Rating
AL Governor Kay Ivey R 42%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 64%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey R 49%
CA Governor Gavin Newsom D 53%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 50%
CT Governor Ned Lamont D 43%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. D 51%
FL Governor Ron DeSantis R 61%
GA Governor Brian Kemp R 61%
HI Governor David Ige D 49%
IA Governor Kim Reynolds R 71%
ID Governor Brad Little R 51%
IL Governor JB Pritzker D 30%
IN Governor Eric Holcomb R 56%
KS Governor Laura Kelly D 41%
LA Governor John Bel Edwards D 53%
MA Governor Charlie Baker R 48%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. R 51%
ME Governor Janet Mills D 45%
MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer D 39%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 44%
MO Governor Mike Parson R 52%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 49%
NC Governor Roy Cooper III D 54%
ND Governor Doug Burgum R 49%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts R 70%
NH Governor Chris Sununu R 75%
NJ Governor Phil Murphy D 32%
NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham D 51%
NV Governor Steve Sisolak D 57%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 49%
OK Governor Kevin Stitt R 48%
OR Governor Kate Brown D 29%
PA Governor Tom Wolf D 51%
SC Governor Henry McMaster R 56%
SD Governor Kristi Noem R 59%
TN Governor Bill Lee R 40%
TX Governor Gregory Abbott R 62%
VA Governor Ralph Northam D 39%
VT Governor Phil Scott R 61%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 18%
WI Governor Tony Evers D 52%
WV Governor Jim Justice, Jr. R 53%
WY Governor Mark Gordon R 66%
Steve Bullock 53%
Andrew Cuomo 39%
Gary Herbert 49%
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