Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2006 Governors' Fiscal Policy Report Card

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State Office Name Party Rating
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 51%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack 56%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 53%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 54%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 59%
UT U.S. Senate - Jr Mitt Romney Republican 55%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 51%
Haley Barbour 54%
Rod Blagojevich 51%
Kathleen Blanco 43%
Matthew Blunt 63%
Phil Bredesen 60%
Jeb Bush 54%
Don Carcieri 54%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 50%
Jim Douglas 53%
Jim Doyle III 49%
Michael Easley 44%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 53%
Ernest Fletcher 53%
Dave Freudenthal 49%
Chris Gregoire 47%
Kenny Guinn 46%
Dave Heineman 55%
Brad Henry 56%
Mike Huckabee 46%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 59%
Ted Kulongoski 50%
Linda Lingle 50%
John Lynch 58%
Mark Middleton 50%
Ruth Minner 44%
Janet Napolitano 43%
Bill Owens 50%
George Pataki 51%
Tim Pawlenty 55%
Sonny Perdue 56%
Rick Perry 61%
Jodi Rell 50%
Ed Rendell 55%
Bill Richardson 56%
Bob Riley 47%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 60%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 49%
Brian Schweitzer 47%
Kathleen Sebelius 51%
Bob Taft 53%