Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson addresses the press during a "Pen and pad" press conference in his office, Monday, March 25, 2019.

Morning Consult yesterday released its second-quarter approval numbers for all 50 governors and 100 U.S. senators, based upon daily surveys of more than 5,000 registered voters.

Governor Hutchinson ranks as the nation’s seventh most popular governor, with 59 percent of Arkansans approving and 24 percent disapproving; 17 percent said they didn’t know. The most popular governor according to the poll is Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, with a whopping 73 percent approval. The least popular governor, repeating his ignominious showing from the year’s first quarter, is the odious Matt Bevin, the Republican governor of Kentucky, with 56 percent of Kentuckians disapproving.

Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. John Boozman had similar numbers, both well above water: 49 percent of Arkansans approved of Boozman, compared to 25 percent disapproving and 26 percent who didn’t know; 48 percent approved of Cotton, compared to 31 percent disapproving and 21 percent who didn’t know. That puts them in the middle of the pack nationally — Boozman’s figure ranks twenty-second, Cotton’s twenty-ninth.


Cotton is up for re-election in 2020. Democrat Josh Mahoney is challenging him.

The most popular senators in their home states according to the Morning Consult poll are Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both independents. The least popular is Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, with 50 percent disapproving.

McConnell is up for re-election, as is Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who saw her approval ratings crater by a staggering 16 points just since the first quarter, and now has the second-highest disapproval ratings in the nation, trailing only McConnell. She’s now underwater, with 45 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving.