Gov. Bill Walker is the least popular governor running for re-election in the nation, according to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult.
- Walker’s net approval is -26 percent.
- Walker posted the largest net slide in approval of any governor in the fourth quarter. His approval fell 19 points compared to the previous quarter.
- Walker is the 6th least popular governor overall.
- Fifty-five percent of registered voters in Alaska disapproved of his work in office
- Twenty-nine percent of registered voters in Alaska approved.
A LONG HONEYMOON, THEN ABRUPT SLIDE
The early days of the Walker campaign showed a strong resilience, even as the bad news piled on: He proposed taxes, he bashed and trashed oil companies, he fixated on a gasline, took half of Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends, and ignored rising crime. It wasn’t until July of 2017, when voters starting catching on.
Here’s the history:
May – November, 2015
- Approve 64, Disapprove 21
- Spread +43
January – May, 2016
- Approve 62, Disapprove 21
- Spread +41
May – September, 2016
- Approve 50, Disapprove 41
- Spread +9
January – March, 2017
- Approve 43, Disapprove 53
- Spread -10
April – July, 2017
- Approve 42, Disapprove 48
- Spread -6
July – September, 2017
- Approve 40, Disapprove 47
- Spread -7
October – December, 2017
- Approve 29, Disapprove 55
- Spread -26
Must Read Alaska asked gubernatorial candidates to comment on the poll results.
Scott Hawkins: It surprises me not one bit that Walker’s approval ratings have plummeted to among the nation’s lowest. He earned those low ratings by turning the dividend program into a political football and putting forward nonstop tax proposals, rather than get serious about cutting the state’s huge operating budget. This year he introduced an operating budget several hundred million dollars higher than last year. To say that is politically “tone deaf” is an understatement. Alaskans are beginning to see that Gov. Walker is leading this state in exactly the wrong direction.”
Mike Dunleavy: “Everyone in Alaska knows who the governor is, and everyone knows what Gov. Walker has done. That’s why his ratings are so low. The people of Alaska are not confused about him. They know he is a totally different guy than the one who campaigned for governor.”
Mike Chenault: Those poll results are not surprising. The governor has ignored or simply forgot his many campaign promises from four years ago and instead has tried to implement a tax and spend agenda, one that I and many Alaskans don’t support. The governor lacks in leadership skills and does not know how to engage not only the Legislature, but the public in trying to promote his goals and plans. Having just a business perspective and background and very little or no other political experience failed in the Sheffield era and is failing in Walker’s administration.