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Public opinion is harsher on second-term governors

From the beginning to the end of governors’ second terms, their net public-approval ratings dropped an average of 13.4 percentage points. In contrast, net approval ratings decreased an average of only four percentage points during governors’ first terms.

Average net approval ratings declined during governors’ second terms.
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To read the article, see “Lessons for US governors and mayors planning a second term,” August 24, 2020.