GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT PHOTO

According to Morning Consult:

Republican Phil Scott of Vermont has been America’s most popular governor throughout 2021, a fact that is not lost on his party’s strategists, who are hoping to lure him into the open race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy in next year’s midterm elections.

But Scott has insisted he will not heed their calls, and given Vermont’s lack of term limits, it’s hard to see anyone uprooting him from his perch in Montpelier if he runs for re-election.

In Vermont, 79 percent of registered voters approved of Scott’s job performance in the third quarter of 2021, making him the most popular governor in the country.

This figure is roughly in line with his approval rating in the first and second quarters of the year, when he also led the pack.

Democrats Fuel Phil Scott’s Popularity in Vermont

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT GRAPH POPULARITY WITH DEMOCRATS

Scott’s standing in Vermont

  • Scott’s support is strongest among Democratic voters, who are least likely to vote for a Republican next year. Nearly 9 in 10 (88 percent) approve of his job performance, similar to the shares who say the same of Leahy (89 percent), President Joe Biden (93 percent) and self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (95 percent), who campaigns as an independent in Vermont.
  • Among independent voters, who constitute the bulk of Vermont’s electorate, 3 in 4 hold positive views about the job Scott is doing as governor, compared with 58 percent for Sanders, 53 percent for Biden and 48 percent for Leahy.
  • Scott has yet to announce his plans for re-election but is expected to do so sometime after the state legislature reconvenes next year, his spokesman said.

Below is the full list of Governors by popularity.

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT MOST POPULAR GRAPH