Gov. Mitch Daniels ranks as the nation's third most popular governor in a recent Washington Post blog item.
Chris Cillizza's The Fix puts only New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie higher.
As for Daniels, the item points out that a recent bipartisan poll showed the governor -- who is in his final year in office -- with a 63 percent approval rating.
Cillizza posits that Daniels did the difficult things early on - restricting public employee unions' collecting bargaining rights with an executive order and leasing the Indiana Toll Road -- and has seen his approval rating rise as the years pass.
Other governors on the list are from New Hampshire, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana and Virginia.
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