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Data shows Midwesterners unhappy with how governors handle pandemic

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 14:56:07-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Researchers released the latest round of COVID-19 approval ratings this week, and elected officials aren't faring too well anywhere in the U.S.

The study comes from the COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, which is made up of researchers from Northeastern University, Harvard University, Rutgers University and Northwestern University.

This wave of results came from a study conducted Aug. 7-26 in all 50 states and consisted of 21,196 participants.

The results show how well constituents think their elected officials are doing at managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, the study found governors on average lost three approval points over the last month to average 48%. Their approval rating began at 63% in late April.

President Donald Trump gained two points over the last month, but still only sits at a 34% approval rating.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly began with an approval rating of 68% in late April but now sits at 46%.

She has still earned greater approval than most Midwestern governors.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson began at 60% in late April and now sits at 39% approval.

More Missourians approve of how Trump is handling the pandemic, as he raked in a 43% approval rating statewide in August.

Iowa's Gov. Kim Reynolds fared even worse and currently sits at a 26% approval rating, down from 52% in late April.

In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts fell from 63% to 40%.

Overall, the states in the Midwest region seem to disagree with how governors are handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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