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Alabama’s Kay Ivey Is One of the Nation’s Most Popular Governors

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) is the sixth-most popular governor in the United States, according to Morning Consult’s Governor Approval Rankings. Ivey’s approval rating currently sits at 64 percent — a full 18 points higher than President Donald Trump.

By in-state approval rating, the nation’s ten most popular governors are all Republicans. However, seven of the ten most unpopular governors are also members of the GOP.

In order of approval ranking, America’s ten most popular governors are: Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), Larry Hogan (R-Md.), Matt Mead (R-Wyo.), Doug Burgum (R-N.D.), Dennis Daugaard (R-S.D.), Kay Ivey, Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), Phil Scott (R-Vt.), Gary Herbert (R-Utah), and Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.), who tied with Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.).

After Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.) resigned in the middle of his term amid scandal and impending impeachment, Ivey fulfilled her constitutional duty to assume the office of Governor. Ivey, born in Camden, Ala. in 1944, is Alabama’s second female governor and its first Republican woman to hold the office.

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Ivey took office before the end of the legislative session and signed several high profile bills, such as new laws protecting Alabama historic monuments and limiting the judicial application of the death penalty. She has also abolished several special departments and commissions created under her predecessor.