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Coronavirus in Florida

Support for Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 response split even

Support for his response improved 8 points from a recent low.

Approval for Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ COVID-19 response broke even in a poll released Wednesday, a slight recovery after ticking below 50% in recent polling.

That’s according to the latest in a series of CNBC and Change Research battleground state polls released twice per month. The latest iteration saw the Governor’s approval rating on the issue elevate from 48% to 50% in the last two weeks. Opposition fell from 52% to 50%.

Amid his calls in recent months to reopen schools, support for the Governor’s coronavirus fell to 42% in August, the lowest level since the pollsters asked the same question in mid-April. In that first poll, he also recorded 42% support.

DeSantis’ recent low appears to have mostly recovered.

The survey took results from likely 2020 voters Sept. 18-20. Between that survey and the previous one Aug. 4-6, the pandemic largely continued to subside in Florida

Wednesday’s poll is pollsters’ 14th semimonthly survey focusing 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 30% support in the latest poll, a decline of 7 percentage points. But for the first time in the poll’s history, DeSantis snatched a spot above a second Governor, Roy Cooper of North Carolina. The Democrat recorded a 49%-51% split.

Across all six battlegrounds states, 45% of likely voters found opening schools unsafe a decline of 5 percentage points. Meanwhile, support for reopening schools increased from 36% to 42%.

However, 41% of likely voters said they would likely or probably not get a COVID-19 vaccine and 57% say they are concerned that President Donald Trump is pushing too quickly for a vaccine in order to help his reelection bid.

The pollsters also found former Vice President Joe Biden retaining his lead in Florida over Trump. For a third straight poll, Biden kept his 49% to 46% lead in Florida, but nationally increased his lead to 51%-42%

The online survey received answers from 702 likely voters in Florida and 3,018 nationally.

Written By

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 renzo@floridapolitics.com and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.

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