When do we use 'governmental' vs 'gubernatorial?'

I was writing:

How did this lead to new legislation and *** policies?

When I noticed that although 'governmental' sounded more fitting, 'gubernatorial' is another similar adjective that is perhaps more correct.

A related question on etymology is here.

Any thoughts?

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    Why do you say that 'gubernatorial' is perhaps more correct? It sounds archaic in my opinion. And, appaarently, in that of many others {Google Ngrams}. Thinking that choosing a word with a 'better pedigree' is more correct is indulging in the etymological fallacy; usage drives acceptability. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 5 '18 at 0:10
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    They refer to different things. A governor is not a government and vice versa. Which is more appropriate in your context is impossible for us to answer. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 5 '18 at 0:22
  • I am discussing the effects of the discovery of stem cells (1998-2000) on the laws and policies that were created and enforced. Does that help with the context? – Equinox Mar 5 '18 at 0:28

Gubernatorial: If you are in the US, gubernatorial refers only to the office of the governor of one of the 50 states.

Governmental: This can mean government at the federal, state or local level.

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