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New poll: Walker approval rating unchanged at 29 percent

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Morning Consult, a polling firm based in New York City once again has ranked Gov. Bill Walker near the bottom in popularity among the 50 governors. Walker’s “unfavorable” is high —  55 percent. His net approval is -29 percent, the second worst in the nation.

Of those running for re-election, Walker’s “favorable” rating is fourth from the bottom, with only 29 percent of Alaskans approving of the job he has done since taking office in 2014.

It’s almost unheard of for a politician to be re-elected with that level of disapproval. Gov. Sean Parnell had a 46.1 percent approval rating in some polls going into the 2014 election.

Polling in Alaska is notoriously difficult, but a recent poll conducted by the Alaska Chamber of Commerce shows why Walker may be out of favor with Alaskans:

  • 78 percent want a cap on state spending
  • 77 percent want work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients
  • 72 percent want cuts to State spending
  • 68 percent support exploration and production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • 67 percent support offshore Alaska oil and gas exploration and production.

Of those issues identified by voters, Gov. Walker has been on the wrong side of all of them, opposing a spending cap, work requirements for Medicaid, and famously refusing to reduce the size of government.

He recently wrote the co-chairs of House and Senate Finance committees asking them to redirect funds from work on seismic exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to an enhanced 911 system. And he threw shade on the Department of Interior’s offshore leasing program for Alaska:.

Governor Walker Issues Statement on Dept. of Interior’s Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan


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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Best news all week.

  • I’m surprised his AR is that high, seeing that he has managed to pee in just about everyone’s cornflakes.

    • I could not agree more. That 29% number is highly suspect. Maybe that is the proportion of selected voters not understanding the question. Everyone I know curses Walker, and within every curse I hear a few unique reasons along with all the usual ones. The Walker-Mallott machine has plenty of money, and state employees and their families may constitute a sizable group of volunteers in every city and village, but so far as voters I think Bill Walker is very short – extremely short.

  • 204 MORE DAYS!

  • Not to get our Gov off the hook but the AR could be linked to his stupidity trusting in a corruption in the bankers holding our gold / dollars in the States Bank accounts!

    “No Political expert can out think the bankers in control of our money….the real reason we Alaskans aren’t getting our full dividend is pressure from wall street and the bankers in control NO ONE else could have twisted our Governor and the Legislatures arms not you me or the Oil Companies… Not even the Unions they all are just the pawns in this financial world of corruption…. Not a single word lately form Standard & Poor’s What Saps we all are! ”

    I fell for his stupidity also when I first voted for him not knowing that he’s ruled by the Bankers.

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