Underwater: Lenny Curry struggles in poll of Duval voters

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GOP Mayor faced no Democratic opponent in 2019.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, inaugurated as mayor five years ago this July, is not popular with the electorate.

That’s the takeaway from a poll of over 2,500 registered voters released Wednesday by the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Laboratory.

Curry, who rode high in polls for the bulk of his first term, was considered so politically impregnable that no Democrat challenged his reelection in 2019, leaving two rogue Republicans to challenge the Mayor and his political machine.

In his second and final term, Curry is underwater with voters, with just 44% approval versus 49% disapproval.

The Mayor is on even ground with NPA voters, with 44% approving of the Mayor and 44% disapproving.

It’s the party splits that give Curry trouble, after a rocky 12 months that saw Curry use his political capital to, among other things, support a sale push for the local utility and stand in the way of a tax referendum to address system-wide capital deterioration and decrepitude in Duval County Public Schools.

With Democrats, the former Republican Party of Florida chairman would be expected to underperform, and here he does, with an anemic 25% approval against 71% disapproval.

The Mayor doesn’t make up enough ground with his own party, however.

Having faced challenges from both the right and the left of the party in 2019, Curry has since gone against his initial social conservative messaging, signing an LGBT rights bill and vowing to remove Confederate monuments.

These apostasies seem to have soured some Republicans against him.

Just 70% of Republicans surveyed approve of Curry, with a full 25% disapproving.

The Mayor is below 50% approval with both genders, with both college graduates and those without degrees, and with White and Black voters alike.

Hispanic voters, at 51% support, are the Mayor’s strongest demographic constituency, according to this poll.

The survey assumes a +6 universe for Democrats, who comprised 42% of those surveyed. Of the remaining respondents, 36% were Republicans and the balance were of no party affiliation.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


5 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 24, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Looting Lenny is just another white man goptrump cult worshipper of the goptrump cult sociopath racist sexist liar trump! The RNC is a Tulsa waiting to happen. Becha a dollar or a doughnut Trump will refuse to show!

  • Dummy

    June 24, 2020 at 10:13 am

    For the first time I agree with Sonja Fitch, Curry is a crook and a back stabber. Hope he is found guilty of a crime with JEA and goes to jail. His political career is over no matter what. You destroyed history dummy, and we will never forget!!!!!

  • Frankie M.

    June 24, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Real men wear masks in bars (or don’t) while sipping their beer through straws(or not). Looks like the mixed messaging is catching up to Lenny. It’s not the percent positive but the hospitalization rate that’s most important (or vice versa) now that younger people are catching it at a higher rate and spreading it. At least Lenny didn’t imply that all those liberals at the beach bars caught it at a BLM rally. Or did he? Maybe that was his boss DuhSantis?

  • lets team up Sonja

    June 24, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Hey Sonja Fitch, lets team up and do a recall for Curry, lets get rid of him, you have your reasons and we have ours, but, we both want him gone gone gone

  • Tyler

    June 24, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Jacksonville voters are smarter than they are given credit for. Lenny is nothing but an unprincipled hack who cares about one thing- Lenny Curry. He will sell the entire city out, Republicans and Democrats alike, if it means advancing himself to another office or getting a cush corporate job he isn’t qualified for. The voters of this city see right through the botox injected smile of this charlatan.

    His approval numbers will continue to crater as he advances his next two tax hikes with his Democrat buddy Tommy Hazouri.

    The only hope the voters of Jacksonville have of escaping this fool is a certain federal prosecutor who is making the plastic man sweat over his corrupt scheme to sell our utility company.

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