PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island is finally at the top of a set of national rankings, but Gov. Lincoln Chafee probably isn't too happy about it.
Chafee is the most unpopular governor in the United States who's up for re-election in 2014, according to an analysis published Monday by The New York Times' influential FiveThirtyEight blog, which tracks political polls and projects election outcomes.
Just 28% of Rhode Island voters approve of Chafee's job performance, while 68% disapprove, giving the independent governor a net job approval rating of negative 40 percentage points. The next most-unpopular governor, Illinois Democrat Pat Quinn, has a comparatively healthy net approval rating of negative 24.
Chafee said Tuesday he still plans to run for re-election. "The election's a long way away," the governor told WPRI.com. A WPRI 12 poll last October found only 18% of voters definitely plan to vote for him again.