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Burgum third most-popular governor, Dayton 25th, poll says

Doug Burgum makes a victory speech in the Republican primary for North Dakota governor Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Ecce Gallery in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — North Dakota's Doug Burgum has the highest approval rating of any governor in a red state, according to a poll released Tuesday, April 11.

Sixty-nine percent of North Dakota voters polled by Morning Consult, a Washington, D.C., research firm, said they approve of Burgum, a Republican businessman who took office in December after winning nearly 77 percent of the vote.

Overall, Burgum had the third-highest approval rating among governors. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was listed as 25th, with an approval rating of 58 percent.

Massachusetts' Republican governor, Charlie Baker, had the highest approval rating (75 percent) in a blue state and overall. The highest-ranked Democratic governor was New York's Andrew Cuomo in 12th place, with a 62 percent approval rating. Republican Chris Christie of New Jersey had the lowest approval rating of any governor (25 percent).

Morning Consult also polled voters on the popularity of U.S. senators. North Dakota Republican John Hoeven was in 11th place with an approval rating of 65 percent. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp was 17th with a 60 percent approval rating.

In Minnesota, Democrat Amy Klobuchar (13th place) had a 63 percent approval rating. Democrat Al Franken (24th place) was at 59 percent.

No. 1 among senators was former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who had an approval rating of 75 percent. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., was the lowest at 39 percent.

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