New Poll Shows Warren's Approval Ratings Slipping

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April 11, 2017

Massachusetts is a reliably blue state in most national elections, but its outspoken Democratic senator has seen her approval ratings drop among voters who approve of their Republican governor by a wide margin.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (Mass.) approval ratings have slipped over the past year, while Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's (Mass.) numbers rank him as the nation's most popular governor, according to a new Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

Over the last three months, nearly 2,500 Massachusetts voters participated in the online poll, which showed Baker with a 75 percent approval rating of his job performance, compared to a 17 percent disapproval rating, the Boston Globe reported.

Baker's approval rating showed an increase from a Morning Consult poll released in September, when 70 percent of respondents approved of Baker and 18 percent said they did not. In that September survey, which was also conducted for governors in all 50 states, Baker ranked as the third most popular governor, behind his counterparts in South Dakota and Maryland.

In the new Morning Consult poll, Baker came in a tick higher than Maryland's Larry Hogan, who showed a 74 percent job approval rating. Also in the most recent survey, three of the four most popular governors were, like Baker in Massachusetts, Republicans leading largely Democratic states like Maryland and Vermont.

Both Warren and Baker are up for reelection in 2018. While Baker has rebounded in the survey, Warren's approval ratings have slipped.

Fifty-six percent of the poll's respondents approved of Warren's job performance, compared to 38 percent who disapproved of it.

Warren's approval ratings have dropped five percent since April 2016, when 61 percent of voters approved of Warren's performance while 27 percent disapproved of it.

According to another poll conducted in January 2017, 46 percent of Massachusetts voters are ready to vote Warren out of office next year.

Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.), Warren's counterpart, received a 55 percent approval rating in the Morning Consult survey, despite not having the same name recognition as Warren. More than 20 percent of respondents said that they did not know enough about Markey to have an opinion about his performance.

Morning Consult conducts its surveys by asking registered voters in each state various poll questions through online surveys and emails.

The poll surveyed 2,462 Massachusetts voters between January and March 2017 and had a margin of error of two percent.