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The Bay State's U.S. Senators continue to enjoy decent voter approval ratings, as does Governor Charlie Baker, however Baker has slipped from first to third in terms of the nation's most popular governors.

The website Morning Consult says Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is now the third most popular governor based on statewide polling.  Baker had been number one.  The site says 70 percent of those polled approve of the job Baker is doing while 18 percent disapprove and 11 percent are undecided. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is now most popular with 74 percent and Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan is second with a slightly better disapproval rating than Baker.

What caused Baker's approval rating to slip is not indicated by the poll but my guess would be that his support for a transgender rights bill and his refusal to take on the Attorney General Maura Healy on her gun grab might have been contributing factors.

The news is not so good for some other New England Governors.  Connecticut's Dan Malloy scored only 26 percent approval for the second worst showing while Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo finished seventh from the bottom with a 38 percent approval rating and a 55 percent disapproval rating.

As for the U.S. Senate delegation, 57 percent are pleased with the job Elizabeth Warren is doing and 52 percent say Ed Markey is doing a good job.  Why that is escapes me other than that they are both liberal Democrats in a liberal Democrat state.   Neither has done much for the Commonwealth.  Warren has kept a high profile in the national media and Markey has been almost MIA.

While Bernie Sanders may have suffered some credibility issues after endorsing Hillary Clinton the folks in Vermont still love him.  Senator Sanders scores an 87 percent approval rating ...the highest by far of any member of the U.S. Senate.

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