Rauner's 55 percent disapproval rating spells difficulty for re-election bid
With a net approval rating of minus 24 percent, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner faces an uphill battle as he fights for re-election in 2018, according to market research firm Morning Consult’s website.
The Feb. 1 report ranks the most and least popular U.S. governors based on online surveys with more than a quarter-million registered voters. Researchers conducted the surveys during the third quarter of 2017.
Although Morning Consult ranked more than half the governors (10 of 19) as having favorable constituent ratings, Rauner’s recent controversial actions placed him in the disapproval category, along with fellow incumbents Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Bill Walker of Alaska.
The surveys show Republicans Rauner and Scott Walker led the pack in terms of fourth quarter disapproval ratings, measured at 55 percent and 50 percent, respectively.
Ballotpedia.org listed several issues that may have shaken Rauner’s support, including his approval of HB 40, which extends insurance coverage for abortion to state employees.
Last year, a report in the conservative National Review magazine slammed Rauner for his stances on state-funded abortion and the enforcement of immigration law and suggested Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) could be a possible replacement, according to a report in the Lake County Gazette.