Latest poll finds Florida voters anxious about COVID-19, leaning against Donald Trump

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Florida likely voters prefer Joe Biden over Donald Trump by a 48-42 margin.

A new poll conducted by YouGov on behalf of CBS News indicates that Florida voters are concerned about the state’s efforts to contain coronavirus and that they attribute the state’s response to pressure from the administration of President Donald Trump.

The poll, which sampled 1,229 Florida voters between July 7 and 10, found that 65% of Florida voters believe the efforts to contain coronavirus are going badly. 

The poll also asked voters who believe Florida reopened too quickly what they attribute that to, and 68% said it came from pressure from the federal government. Only 32% of voters said Florida reopened too quickly because it believed it was the correct policy.

The poll carried a 3.5% margin of error and contained several interesting findings.

Forty-six percent of Florida voters said that generally speaking, they believe things are going very badly in America. Another 27% said they believe things are going somewhat badly. 

On the other side of that question, 7% of Florida voters believe things in America today are going very well, and 20% believe they’re going somewhat well.

Eight percent of Florida voters believe the condition of the Florida economy is very good, and another 32% believe it’s fairly good. But 33% of Florida voters believe the state’s economy is going fairly bad, and another 24% believe that it’s very bad.

The poll also found that support for Democratic candidate Joe Biden goes up along with voters’ concern about the spread of COVID-19.

Sixty-seven percent of Florida voters who are very concerned about the virus say they will vote for Biden, while only 15% of voters who are not concerned will vote for him.

Overall, the poll found that Florida likely voters prefer Biden over Trump by a 48-42 margin. 

Among Florida’s women likely voters, Biden leads by a 50-37 margin, and Hispanic likely voters prefer Biden over Trump by a 61-30 score. 

For Florida voters who are 65 or older, Trump leads Biden by a 50-42 score. But in a similar CBS poll taken in 2016, Trump led Democratic Hillary Clinton 57-40 in the same demographic.

Among likely voters who have decided to vote for either Biden or Trump, 75% of Florida voters said their preference is very strong and will not change before the election, and another 19% characterize it as strong and probably won’t change.

Only 6% of voters who have decided indicated they might still change candidates.

Trump leads Biden 57-41 among white voters with no college education, and he leads Biden 68-63 in likely voters who are very enthusiastic about voting.

Sixty-seven percent of voters who prefer Trump said the main reason is that they like him, and only 17% indicated their vote is to oppose Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, 49% of likely Biden voters said their main motivation is to oppose Trump, and only 30% said their rationale is they like Biden.

Fifty-nine percent of Biden voters prefer to vote by mail, but only 25% of Trump voters do.

Spencer Fordin

Spencer Fordin grew up in Port Washington, N.Y. and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. Before working for, he spent 16 seasons with and nearly three years as a general assignment reporter in the Cayman Islands. You can reach Spencer at [email protected].


  • jon

    July 12, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Fake polls from fake news

  • James R. Miles

    July 13, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Why don’t you prove its fake news or are you just a fake wannabe?

  • Biden is Weak

    July 13, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Not buying it. Hillary was going to win in a landslide, right?

    I have been on this earth for almost 60 years and never been called or polled. Who are they asking? Do they poll people who have jobs?

    Biden is weak. He is a lifelong politician – 40 years in Washington, including 8 years as VP. But, now he has the answers??? What was he doing before when he was the number 2 man in the US??? The economy sucked under Obama/Biden. Race relations were destroyed. Our military was weaker. I call BS.

  • PeterH

    July 13, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Here in Florida we have a governor not missing a single dance step with the president leading the most incompetent and failing administration in Washington. We’re stuck with no national or state COVID-19 leadership and that is a huge problem.

    We’ve been fed a false narrative that infection rates are going up because there is more testing. That …. my friends is total bs. WHY would anyone sit in an hour long six vehicle wide line to get a Coronavirus test if they were not already showing symptoms? My guess …. would be very very few people would get tested unless they were already sick with preliminary signs of the virus like high fever and/ or problems breathing. Speaking of testing…. with 10,000 cases reported per day ….. there is no contact tracing possible. Be responsible and do your own contact tracing!

    Finally, let’s remember that we’re heading into hurricane season! Most states with low Covid incidents have already banned Floridians from entering unless you have a place to self quarantine for 14 days. Were you to think of driving to Georgia ….. carefully think that through. Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are all hot spots. If you head for the airport with severely restricted flights and have a slight fever ….. do you think you’ll get on that jet? Think again!

    • Biden is Still Weak

      July 13, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      Not sure where to even begin with your post…

      You are clueless about the reason people get tested. I had a test this morning along with my wife and son. We have no symptoms, we don’t feel sick. However, my son was hanging out 2 friends who tested positive for COVID last week. Since it takes 3-5 days to get results, we decided to get tested now. We don’t want to be carriers of COVID and bring it into our place of work. That would be irresponsible. So, your guess about who would get tested is wrong – it’s not just people who are felling sick and showing symptoms. By the way, we got tested at a local Community college. No line. Drove through. Got swabbed. Then gone. Less than 15 minutes. No sweaty car experience. No hour wait.

      My next door neighbor did get tested positive for COVID on June 25. He went in to get tested 3 times last week looking for a negative test so he could resume his activities without fear of spreading the virus. 2 of the tests Still came back as a positive, 15 days after he was first tested. Still waiting on the third test. I wonder if each test counts as a positive test for a new patient, or of they just count the patient. If so, maybe that does impact that 15,000 number – people testing multiple times so they can know that they are past COVID. I’d be willing to bet they count each of his multiple tests as a new case.

      There is a lot of misinformation out there, spread by people like you who make assumptions without having any real experience or facts to back it up.

  • PeterH

    July 13, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    That’s nice. Hope your test comes back negative and you remain healthy. You’re in a minority situation. That’s quite obvious with 40% of Florida’s hospital beds and ICU’s are near capacity. …. and Florida, if it were a Country would be ranked number 4 in infections on planet earth. There is a reason why the USA that has 4% of the world’s population has 25% of the infections AND deaths ….. and that reason is Trump apologist like DeSantis and uninformed unapologetic Trumpsters. The Lincoln Project has advanced the ONLY solution to this Trump quagmire….. every Trumpism needs to be removed from all decision making. Spread the word!

    • Biden is Still Weak

      July 20, 2020 at 7:16 am

      Thank you. Both of my tests did come back negative.

      How do you know for sure that I am in the minority? Seems like just another guess on your part to support your already incorrect position. Since I posted my previous comments, my neighbor has been now been tested 8 times – 7 positive and 1 negative. He didn’t have to pay for any of them because the US has made it much easier for us to get tested. He went to several different locations, and test number 7 was negative but test number 8 was positive again the very next day. So, after almost 1 month, he still has COVID, and the worst symptoms he experienced was one night of fever and aches at the end of June. He is 65 years old. Yes, the US is doing a lot of testing. The biggest issue is waiting for results if you don’t go to a place that gives rapid results.

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