Florida voters are divided on how President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump‘s COVID-19 diagnosis will impact the 2020 presidential election, a new survey shows.
The survey of 1,000 Florida voters, conducted by Sachs Media, shows nearly all Floridians are aware the President and First Lady have contracted the virus. Of those polled, 94% believe the diagnosis is true, rather than a “conspiracy designed to distract voters,” the survey said.
Beyond that, however, the divisions begin to show.
Roughly 59% of those surveyed believe the President’s diagnosis will not impact the election. On the other hand, a sizable portion believes it will.
According to the survey, 23% believe it makes Trump more likely to lose while 19% believe it makes him more likely to win. Those who identify with a party are more likely to believe the diagnosis will work in their party’s favor, the survey said
Notably, 84% of Florida voters said Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis has made no difference in their voting preference while only 1% reported being swayed by the diagnosis.
Trump’s handling of the pandemic has remained a point of contention among American voters at-large. In a recent video of Trump speaking from Walter Reed Medical Center, he defended his decision to continue campaigning and holding large events during the pandemic.
The Sachs Media survey shows 64% said Trump’s diagnosis shows he “should have done more to encourage people to wear face masks and social distance through this pandemic.” That view is held by 96% of Democrats, 79% of non-partisans, and 35% of Republicans.
With less than a month left before the election, Florida is considered a must-win for both Trump and Vice President Joe Biden.
In all, the survey reports that 47% of Florida voters favor Biden while 45% favor Trump. Notably, 7% of Republicans, 4% of Democrats, and 13% of non-partisans said they are undecided.
White House physician and Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley on Sunday said Trump “has continued to improve” and may be released as early as Monday.