Survey: Florida voters are mixed on how Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis will impact election

Vote preference in Florida remains "razor thin."

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.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.

One comment


    October 5, 2020 at 11:33 am

    “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.”

    We already know that Conley is a liar because he told us as much. Now, we can’t believe anything further that he has to say about the issue. However, the situation keeps the Trump Virus in the foreground, and that’s what most of lucid America (which obviously excludes 45% of Floridians) will vote on.

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