Despite the pandemic, Alabama
Governor Kay Ivey (R) remains one of the most popular
governors in the country. On Thursday, Morning Consult released their latest
polling revealing that 62% of the people of Alabama approve of Governor Ivey’s
job performance. This makes Ivey the eighth most popular governor in the
The ranking is
based on each state’s voters’ approval of their governor’s job performance.
Governor Ivey has the best ranking in the Southeast and she is also the most
popular female governor.
Gov. Phil Scott
(R-Vermont) is the most
popular governor in the country with 79% approval. He is followed by Gov.
Charlie Baker (R-Massachusetts) at 72%, Larry Hogan (R-Maryland) at 70%, Chris
Sununu (R-New Hampshire) at 69%, and Mark Gordon (R-Wyoming) at 66% approval.
offered her thanks to her fellow Alabamians for their confidence in her.
“I love Alabama
and her people, and it is the highest honor of my life to serve as their
governor,” Ivey said. “Having the confidence and support of Alabamians means
the most to me. I assure the people of Alabama that as long as I am governor,
your government will always reflect your values. We are experiencing one of the
strongest economic comebacks in the country, with more jobs available now than
ever before. We are putting a greater focus on making meaningful reforms to
areas that affect the everyday lives of families like in our schools and on our
infrastructure all to ensure Alabama’s best days are still to come.”
popular governor in the country is Gov. Kate Brown (D-Oregon).
The news comes
as Ivey is running for re-election. Several conservatives are either running or
contemplating running in the Republican primary for Governor against Ivey.
pastor from Lee County Dean Odle announced his candidacy over a year ago.
Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George (who ran unsuccessfully in 2014)
is the only other declared Republican candidate. State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R)
has been campaigning and fundraising for months but has not made a decision on
whether or not to run against Ivey. Greenville businessman Tim James is also
publicly mulling a bid for Governor and says that he will make a decision
before the end of the year. James ran unsuccessfully in 2002 and 2010. LGBTQ
activist Chris Countryman is the only Democrat who has announced his candidacy
in the gubernatorial race. Countryman ran unsuccessfully in 2018.
elevated to Governor in 2017 when Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned. She was
elected in her own right in 2018. She previously served two terms as Lieutenant
Governor and two terms as State Treasurer.
The last time
an incumbent Governor in Alabama lost their party’s primary was Gov. Albert
Brewer in 1970, who lost the Democratic primary to former Gov. George C.
Wallace. The last time an incumbent Governor in Alabama lost a general election
was Gov. Don Siegelman (D) in 2002, who lost to Congressman Bob Riley (R-AL03).
Ivey grew up on
a cattle farm in Wilcox County, is a former educator, and is a graduate of