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Posted by Andrew on 4 September 2008, 7:44 pm

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Slight downward trend. Can state population be a crude proxy for homogeneity/heterogeneity with the state. Seems reasonable that more heterogenous states would produce lower approval ratings — more "different types" would bring a greater and more diverse demands, not all of which can be met by a governor.

Yup, that's one of our explanations.

What's with Arkansas?

Arkansas looks unremarkable. The approval rating of Alaska's governor, on the other hand, seems to gone way up since 2006.

I hear she's quite a speaker.

Arkansas looks unremarkable. The approval rating of Alaska's governor, on the other hand, seems to have gone way up since 2006.

I hear she's quite a speaker.

I see that chart and I think to myself something like, "What size population [density?] does government [in general] failed to be satisfactory to the majority?"