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Approval ratings: How every governor is handling COVID-19

  • #30. Roy Cooper (North Carolina)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 63%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 47%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +16
    - Political party of governor: Democratic

    Gov. Roy Cooper announced a new executive order on June 4 that will provide aid to communities of color in North Carolina that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. That same day, he also suggested that the state may enter a potential “Phase 2.5” that would allow gyms and bars to reopen a little sooner.

  • #29. Steve Sisolak (Nevada)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 63%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 41%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +22
    - Political party of governor: Democratic

    In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus as Nevada reopens, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on June 1 a new plan with various state agencies to provide community-based testing, contact tracing, and lab analysis. The effort will be funded mainly with federal dollars from economic aid packages, grants, and reimbursement programs.

  • #28. Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 63%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 36%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +27
    - Political party of governor: Democratic

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order for Michigan lasted 70 days. She has maintained a cautious approach to reopening despite being sued by Republican lawmakers, but pushed the northern part of the state into Phase 5 (one phase away from a return to normalcy) in early June.

  • #27. Bill Lee (Tennessee)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 64%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 52%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +12
    - Political party of governor: Republican

    Gov. Bill Lee’s coronavirus response, like those of other state governors, forced many Tennessee businesses to close and lay off hundreds of thousands of workers in mid-March. In early June, he announced a $200 million relief program for local businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic.

    [Pictured: Mike Arms and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R).]

  • #26. Kate Brown (Oregon)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 64%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 34%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +30
    - Political party of governor: Democratic

    Gov. Kate Brown announced that 26 of 29 Oregon counties that sought approval to move into the second reopening phase had been given the green light on June 4. The looser restrictions will allow restaurants and bars to stay open later, bowling alleys and theaters to come out of shutdown, and churches to increase their capacities.

     

  • #25. Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 66%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 53%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +13
    - Political party of governor: Republican

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson is one of a handful of governors who never issued an order for residents to stay at home. He did implement some measures to help control the spread of the virus in Arkansas, though, including restricting gatherings to no more than 10 people, closing bars and restaurants, and closing schools for the rest of the academic year.

  • #24. Jared Polis (Colorado)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 66%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 42%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +24
    - Political party of governor: Democratic

    In response to growing rates of coronavirus infections, Gov. Jared Polis issued a state of emergency in Colorado in mid-March. He has since issued a “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” order that encouraged residents to continue spending most of their time at home or in nature away from others.

  • #23. Doug Burgum (North Dakota)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 67%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 53%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +14
    - Political party of governor: Republican

    Gov. Doug Burgum moved North Dakota into the “green,” or low-risk, zone on May 29 and continued relaxing voluntary guidelines provided to high-contact businesses. The looser guidelines suggest that restaurants restrict capacity to 75% and weddings and banquets cap attendance to 500 people.

  • #22. Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 67%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 41%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +26
    - Political party of governor: Democratic

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham instituted a shutdown of schools, social distancing measures, and ramped-up testing early on in the coronavirus crisis. She used the experience she gained as the state health secretary to inform her strategies during the public health emergency.

  • #21. Ned Lamont (Connecticut)

    - Approval rating of governor handling COVID-19 response: 67%
    - Approval rating of Trump handling COVID-19 response: 36%
    - Difference between approval ratings: +31
    - Political party of governor: Democratic

    Gov. Ned Lamont shut down Connecticut schools, urged people to avoid crowds, and closed nonessential businesses like restaurants and gyms in mid-March. He has since started reopening the state and says restaurants may be allowed to offer indoor dining on June 20.