Usually the only poll that matters is the one taken on election day, but anyone feeling pessimistic about the state of the Republican Party these days, or about partisan division in America more generally, might take some heart from this Morning Consult ranking of state governors based on a "survey of more than 66,000 voters in all 50 states" conducted between January and May. (How the "survey" was conducted — phone? online poll? — is undisclosed, at least as far as I can tell.) From the report:
Republicans take eight of the spots on the list of 10 most popular governors. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is America's most popular governor, and he is followed very closely by fellow Republican Larry Hogan of Maryland.
Mr. Baker has a 72% approval rating, while Mr. Hogan's is 71%. These are Republican governors in states that traditionally lean Democratic in presidential elections and in Senate races. A thorough report on what Mr. Baker and Mr. Hogan are doing to be so popular would be worth reading, but the national political press corps is preoccupied with the presidential campaign. I wrote an item about Mr. Baker earlier this year.