Poll finds Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham among most unpopular governors

Gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks with the staff of The New Mexican on Oct. 8. Luis Sánchez Saturno/New Mexican file photo

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s disapproval rating increased in the second quarter of the year, making her the sixth most unpopular governor in the country, according to a survey released Thursday by research firm Morning Consult.

Forty-four percent of New Mexico voters surveyed approved of the Democratic governor’s job performance while 43 percent disapproved, according to the survey. In the first quarter, 41 percent approved while only 33 percent disapproved.

That’s a net approval rating of 1 percentage point for the April through June period, down from 8 percentage points for the January through March period.

“While the governor accomplished a lot during the legislative session, many conservatives may not have been as enamored with the outcome,” Sanderoff said. “That could explain some of the decline in the rating.”

Sanderoff noted he was speculating that rural and conservative parts of New Mexico likely accounted for the higher disapproval ratings, given that Morning Consult did not provide geographic breakdowns for its governor rankings.

Lujan Grisham signed into law many of the bills she had pushed for during this year’s legislative session, from hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding for public schools to an increase in the minimum wage.

But she also backed several gun control measures as well as an effort to repeal an old ban on abortion, jumping into two controversial issues at the same time Democrats in the Legislature debated a series of tax increases.

Morning Consult noted the 15 most popular governors in the second quarter were Republicans, while eight of the 10 most unpopular were Democrats.

Morning Consult’s survey in New Mexico had a margin of error of 2 percent and polled 2,453 voters.

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