Ohio Governor John Kasich (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

Kasich slightly more popular than the average governor, poll shows

Kasich is slightly more popular than the average governor: 49 percent approve, 35 percent disapprove, according to the rankings from the end of 2017.

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New Jersey Republican Chris Christie left office in December with the highest disapproval rating - 76 percent - among the 50 governors. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, had the highest approval rating - 69 percent.

Republicans control 33 of the 50 governorships, 13 of whom are up for re-election this year. Five Democrats are running to keep their governorships. Kasich is prohibited from running for re-election due to term limits.

It’s widely speculated that Kasich is positioning himself to run for president again in 2020. But Kasich said this week he doesn’t know what he’ll do at the end of his term as governor.

“I know this will sound to some of you a little bit wacky but the Lord will decide what I’m going to do. I’ll get a sense of what my responsibility is,” he said. “There is no openings for that job and I don’t really sit around thinking about it. But I am around thinking about these issues. I do want to be a voice in favor of Immigration, I do want to be a voice in favor of trade, I want to be a voice in terms of getting this country back together again and stopping all the fighting.”

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