Obama may benefit from low approval ratings of Republican governors 

Governors across the country are suffering from low approval ratings, but freshmen Republican governors are polling exceptionally low.

Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin all elected Republican governors promising “reform” in 2010. They're dishing it out, and so far, voters aren’t happy with the results. 

Florida’s Rick Scott has an approval rating of 32 percent while both Michigan’s Rick Snyder and Ohio’s John Kasich have a 33 percent approval rating. Interestingly, Scott Walker has a higher approval rating of 43 percent.

President Obama's ratings are nothing to write home about, but he could be helped in 2012 if these key swing-state governors are in the tank.

Democratic governors are experiencing higher (but still low) approval ratings. Governor Dan Malloy, Conn., has an approval rating of 39 percent. Governor Deval Patrick, Mass., has a 45 percent approval rating, and Missouri’s Gov. Jay Nixon has an approval rating of 42 percent.

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