January 10, 2019

Poll: Low approval ratings for Martinez when she left office

Gov. Susana Martinez left office with low approval ratings, according to Morning Consult.

Meanwhile, both of New Mexico’s U.S. Senators’ approval ratings remained over 40 percent, with a high amount of voters with no opinion.

The pollster found Martinez’s approval rating among all registered voters in her final three months in office was just 35 percent, while 49 percent disapproved of the Republican’s job performance. That was the ninth-highest disapproval rating among all 50 governors in the same time period.

In her final year in office, Martinez’s approval rating remained in the mid-30 percent range.


Martin Heinrich easily won re-election to the U.S. Senate in a three-way race in November, defeating Republican Mick Rich and Libertarian, and former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson.

In the final three months of 2018, Heinrich’s approval rating was 42 percent, while his disapproval rating was 32 percent.

Sen. Tom Udall sported an identical 42 percent approval rating, but his disapproval rating was just 30 percent. In both cases, over a quarter of New Mexico registered voters said they didn’t know or had no opinion of the senators’ job performances.

Udall’s second term in the U.S. Senate ends in 2020 and he has indicated he will likely run for a third term.

Morning Consult surveyed 416,842 voters nationwide for governors between July 1 and Sept. 25 and 416,853 voters in the same time period for U.S. Senators. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points for the New Mexico results.