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U.S. governors - number by political party affiliation 1990-2019

In 2019, there were 27 Republican governors and 23 Democratic governors in office. The number of both Republican and Democratic governors has been fluctuating since 1990, with Democratic governors seeing a surge from 2018 to 2019.

Opinions of governors

The top 10 most popular governorsas of December 2019, were all Republicans, while six out of the top 10 least popular governors were Democrats, which includes New York governor Andrew Cuomo. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuomo received favorable opinions from both political parties in his state. Across all states, governors have received overall positive opinions from residents about their responses to the George Floyd protests, while members of Congress and the President have received negative reactions.

Women in politics

Women have been consistently underrepresented in politics since the creation of the United States, women were not allowed to vote until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, and all women did not get the right to vote until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. However, the number of women in politics has been increasing since then. Arizona has had the most female governors, but states like California, Florida, and New York have yet to see a female governor. In Congress, the Democratic Party that had three times the number of female nominees for congressional and gubernatorial positions compared to the Republican Party.

Number of governors in the U.S. by political party affiliation from 1990 to 2019

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Release date

December 2019


United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2019

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