Scott’s approval rating topples after signing gun control bills

Scott’s approval rating topples after signing gun control bills

Gov. Phil Scott signs gun legislation on April 11 at the Statehouse. Photo by Bob LoCicero/VTDigger Gov. Phil Scott saw a sharp drop in approval in the second quarter of 2018, the latest Morning Consult poll shows, a plummet that political analysts are attributing to his decision earlier this year to tighten the state’s gun laws. Two other recent polls have shown Scott struggling with his own political base , but unlike those polls, Morning Consult conducts regular polling showing changes over time. Scott was spotlighted in Morning Consult’s latest rundown of governor rankings thanks to the distinction of having the most dramatic quarterly drop in net approval rating since the company started ranking governors by popularity in 2016. Net approval rating is calculated by subtracting approval ratings from disapproval ratings. Scott’s net approval was 44 percent three months ago; it is now five percent — a 39 percent drop. Scott, who last quarter was one of the most popular governors in the country, is now one of the least. The new poll shows him dropping from the list of top ten most liked governors and falling to just three spots away from the ten least popular state executives. The governor had a 65 percent approval rating after the first quarter of the year, putting him close to popular blue-state Republican Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland. That figure dropped to 47 percent by the end of May, and his disapproval also surged during that […]

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