Almost exactly one year ago today, we wrote about how newly minted Republican Govs. Scott Walker(Wis.), John Kasich (Ohio) and Rick Scott (Fla.) were having a very hard time early in their first terms.
So much so that, the argument could be made, their troubles threatened to weigh down the GOP presidential candidates hopes in their crucial swing states. Or at least make them unwelcome surrogates.Since then, though, all three have shown some improvement.
Today the nine crucial swing states The Fix has identified as key to the 2012 election feature feature what is a relatively popular crop of governors.
To be sure, Scott still has his problems. While the Quinnipiac poll above shows his approval rating rebounding into the 40s, a Democratic-leaning automated poll recently showed him right back where he was before, in the low-30s. But the trendline is at least positive at this point.
(The chart above features select recent polling, with preference given to live-interview polls where available.)
The same Democratic pollster, Public Policy Polling, showed North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) in very similar territory recently, and her problems don’t show any signs of ceasing.