Poll: Gov. Bill Lee has 55% approval rating

Gov. Bill Lee arrives for his second State of the State address in Nashville on Feb. 3, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican Gov. Bill Lee has a 55% approval rating going into his second year in office, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they disapproved of the governor’s performance, while 18% were unsure.

Lee’s popularity was highest among fellow Republicans, 79% of whom viewed him favorably, while 26% of Democrats had a positive view of the governor. About half of independents approved.

The pollsters also asked respondents how they would vote in head-to-head matchups in the U.S. Senate race. Respondents said they would prefer Republican Bill Hagerty over Democrat James Mackler by 55% to 33%, and Republican Manny Sethi over Mackler by 46% to 35%. Mason-Dixon did not release details on the GOP primary matchup between Hagerty and Sethi.

The poll of 625 registered voters, including 247 Republicans, 207 independents, and 171 Democrats, was conducted between Jan. 28 and Jan. 30. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

17 Responses to Poll: Gov. Bill Lee has 55% approval rating

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    Jennifer Hamblin says:

    No way it’s 55% approval rating! Larger error in this small poll.
    Those of us who no longer drink the kool-aid have learned the sad
    TRUTH in that words are cheap!

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Interesting numbers for the Senate race. Everything put out by the Democrat (Mackler) only refers to Hagerty as the opposition. They’re not considering Set hi as a contender. Long time til August! As for Lee’s popularity, it’s an even longer path to 2022. The tempest in a tea pot over refugee resettlement will long be forgotten by then.

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      James White says:

      The refugee resettlement was stopped by a federal lawsuit, and is of no consequence as the feds can place refugees in any state they choose, no State government permission necessary. And ANYONE can move the our great state any time from anywhere.
      I wonder why Dr. Flinn was not mentioned in the Senate race…

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I heard Chairman Manny for the first time a few days ago and even he, with the help of Chris Devaney, has trouble coming up with a rationale for his candidacy. He is going to lose, the only question is whether he will lose badly enough so that it makes an impression on other plutocrats who want to run as table pounding conservatives that you can’t just show up with a big wad of money with no record of conservative involvement and expect conservatives to vote for you even if your opponent is from Establishment Central Casting.

      As for The Right Rev. Gov. Lee, I assure you LeeAnn, in the next four years his insufferable religiosity will rear its nauseating head again and again to make him the perfect sequel to the fanatically inoffensive Gov. Haslam. On the other hand, James is right, baring some truly outrageous conduct much closer to the election and an attractive deep pocket opponent the Rev. Gov. will almost certainly be re-elected.

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        Eddie White says:

        Stuart …what policies are you opposed to with Gov Lee? Are you offended by his faith? I did not vote for Lee in the primary and I have not been a big supporter, but I appreciate his support this legislative session for life and religious liberty. His support of refugee resettlement was in no way support for illegal immigration. James, I am sure your problem with Lee is he has an R by his name. You are an example of why Republicans should close their primaries.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Eddie, great point! One’s perspective is so much influenced by ones pecking order of issues ranked in order of importance. For me, I can’t think of an issue of more importance than immigration both legal and illegal and the costs to this country of both despite our trillion dollar a year deficits. Lee’s decision regarding immigration and his religious justification for that decision infuriated me and makes me fear for the future. No matter, Lee will be our governor for the next six years.

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            James White says:

            Stuart, it is the Federal government’s job to limit immigration. Not the states. I hope we Never become like a communist nation and ‘papers please’ to cross state boarders. If so, we are lost.

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        MARLE says:

        Manny is running as a “table pounding” conservative? The ads I have seen are of a puppy dog-eyed momma’s boy lamenting, at normal speaking volume, illegals.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Indeed, I saw those adds too. Sort of remind you of the heavy on image/vacuous ads we saw in the gubernatorial campaign we witnessed about two years ago?

          What I’m talking about is the press releases Devaney puts out in the Chairman’s name and the logo “Conservative Outsider” that appears in every issue of the Tennessee Star. It’s all so obviously intended to hide the fact that the Chairman has little substantive political background so Devaney had to create one for the Chairman. Knowing that he most certainly would have to run against Hagerty, Devaney decided that Chairman Manny would be the “Unhagerty” – sort of like 7-UP vs. Coke and Pepsi. If Hagerty was obviously from Establishment Central Casting the Chairman would run as a conservative zealot. The only problem is that Dr. Outsider has absolutely no record of being much of anything politically except an establishment hanger-on so it’s all a sham and he deserves to be beaten badly as an example to other would be “conservative” candidates without any record of being a conservative at all.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Of course not that’s why I’m against the Chairman rather than for Hagerty. I simply want Dr. Outsider to be defeated badly so plutocrats who intend to run as conservatives having never held elective office before had best get themselves a record of supporting conservative candidates and/or causes BEFORE running for office. Voting for Hagerty just happens to be the only way to bring this about.

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    Eddie White says:

    I have no problem with that…sounds like a good way to stop some people from moving to Tennessee….

  • I have so many problems with Bill Lee I hardly know where to begin! It seems the only people who vote to keep him in office are the right wing republics, senior citizens with outdated ideas and solutions for real problems of Tennessee. The governor has repeatedly kept Tennessee from making progress in many ways by mixing religion with politics! These two issues should always be kept seperate! He makes every attempt to put them them together however in order to win over these bible belt Tennesseans who are to naive to see their political views and faith are two entirely different subjects! He has kept Tennessee from making progress in the marijuana industry.. And refuses to even sign a bill that would allow it to be medical available to cancer, leukemia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and so many more Tennesseans who are in desperate need every day. As a Tennessean with severe epilepsy myself who suffers from depression as well a side of epilepsy and is not afraid to say I use marijuana as a medicine and I need to have it available legally instead of getting it other ways! . our wonderful religious governor put in on a list of schedule one drugs along with heroine, cocaine, and meth which is just ridiculous!! Bill lee is holding Tennessee back. Also he signed a bill that denied to expand tenn care coverage to Tennesseans. Those people who receive disability and tenn care already know how hard it is to find doctors in their area who will accept their insurance and when they do the insurance won’t pay all of the bill! In is campaign promises he said he was going to focuses on healthcare but when given the chance he did not!!. However he did sign a bill that gave tenn over 20 million to allow to send their children to private schools? He has signed several bills spending million upon million only on education. I do think our children are important and money should be made available for grants, etc, but it should be spread around at the same time. Please Tennessee I beg u bill lee has got to go#!# do not re elect bill lee

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