Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 response rating slips in new poll
Emapthy is not Ron DeSantis' strong suit.

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The Governor saw a 2 point drop in his net COVID-19 response approval.

Support for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pandemic response slipped slightly over the last half month, pushing his approval slightly  further underwater.

That’s according to the latest CNBC and Change Research battleground state poll, which saw the Governor’s approval rating on the issue fall 1 percentage point to 48% in the last two weeks.

A month ago, his approval reached its lowest mark a second time since the first time pollsters posed the question, bottoming out at 42% amid his push for schools to reopen. Later in the month, his COVID-19 response approval bounced back to 49% with 51% expressing unfavorable views.

Now 52% of likely voters in Florida disapprove of the Governor’s response, a gain of 1 point.

The survey took results from likely voters Sept. 4-6. Between that survey and the previous one Aug. 21-23, hopeful signs for a subsiding pandemic continued, but cases among Floridians aged 15 to 24 started growing.

An NBC News/Marist Poll survey found DeSantis’ overall job approval split at 44% in favor and 44% opposed. The Governor does not face reelection until 2022.

The Change Research poll a month ago was the second time DeSantis had scored just 42% support. The first time was in mid-April.

An early April poll by CNBC and Change Research implied a lower approval rating but posed the question differently. Then, 69% of Florida voters said DeSantis wasn’t doing enough on the pandemic while another 4% said the Governor was too aggressive in his response. For 23% of voters, his response was just right.

The semimonthly poll focuses on six “States of Play” — Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — ahead of the presidential election. Of other battleground state governors, DeSantis has repeatedly performed better than only Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who netted 37% support in the latest poll, a decline of 2 percentage points.

Across all six battlegrounds states, 50% of likely voters found opening schools unsafe, while only 36% found it safe.

The pollsters also found former Vice President Joe Biden retaining his lead in Florida to President Donald Trump. Biden retained his 49% to 46% lead in Florida while losing 2 points nationally for a 49% to 43% lead.

The online survey received answers from 1,144 likely voters in Florida and 1,902 for the national poll.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


6 comments

  • TED KRUZE

    September 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    What would anybody expect? Lil’ Ronnie DeSycophantis is in total lockstep with Dimwit Donnie Dipschitz in Washington – and Donnie is finally beginning to take it in the ear as should have been the case on Election Day in 2016! At some point, even some of the really stupid Americans who voted for Donnie and Ronnie in the past may be re-thinking their choices!

    DumpTrump2020!

    VoteDem2020!

    • John McMahon

      September 13, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      Yes TED KRUZE! 😅 You may really really be the genius you have been telling your friends you are since the school band camp days! Yes I bet you actually supported the Democrat party unconscious vomit covered naked perverted over dosed felony drug user who almost WON! Just imagine that victory party Ted! Come on ,There is more to life than just proving to folks being a political party HACK is not cool right? So breath before you speak! Peace and love will win every time Teddy Kruze.

  • Joe Fatala

    September 9, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    You really have to wonder what kind of drugs DeStupid is on.

  • PeterH

    September 10, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Knowing what we know about Covid-19 spread, I find it absolutely appalling that Ron DeSantis invited Dr Scott Atlas to Florida to discuss pandemic opening options.

    The Federal government has so many more qualified and intelligent scientists to discuss Covid. Atlas is a paid political hack whose ideas have a range of failed narratives.

    Florida will feel the brunt of high transmission and death rates. Tourist from around the globe will be leaving our hotel rooms and restaurants empty the coming season.

    Adherence to Trumpism will doom Republicans political future for years to come. Republicans are part of America’s problem …… not America’s solution.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 14, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Desantis you are trying to kill our children! Desantis wtf have you done with the school lunch program money? Good god almighty !!!!!

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