Many state governors have seen their popularity – and approval ratings – rise since the onset of the corona virus pandemic. But according to one new pollHow popular individual drivers are depends on how quickly they have taken steps to prevent the spread of the virus and whether they have postponed reopening so far.
A Washington Post Ipsos poll of 8,086 American adults, with a margin of error of 1 percentage point, showed that state leaders such as Democratic California Governor, Gavin Newsom and Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine – took swift action to shut down their state’s economy quickly and have prioritized public health during the pandemic – are incredibly popular in their home countries.
Nearly 8 in 10 (79 percent) of adults in California approved Newsom’s treatment of the pandemic, while 86 percent of Ohioans approve DeWine’s treatment of the pandemic.
On the other hand, out of the dozens of states that are part of the vote, people seem less happy with some Republican governors who reacted slowly to the virus and are now rushing to reopen the economy. In Georgia, Republican Governor Brian Kemp was one of the last governors to close the doors to public health, and he is now taking the lead among states that want to reopen. Its coronavirus approval rating is just 39 percent. Similarly, in Florida, 60 percent of adults give Governor Ron DeSantis a positive rating, but one that’s far below its more cautious conservative counterpart, DeWine.
In short, the poll from April 27 to May 4 seems to indicate whether voters approve a governor The treatment of the pandemic is much less about bias than whether people think their governor is acting in the public interest to prevent the spread of the virus.
People are still more afraid of reopening too soon and risking a second wave of new Covid-19 infections and are punishing more aggressive governors for trying to reopen too soon. Nearly half (48 percent) of the Floridians, 59 percent of the Texans and 65 percent of the Georgians said their states are opening too soon.
This helps Explain why, despite widespread protests against the hideout at home, Democratic governors have mostly remained popular or have seen their approval ratings rise during the pandemic.
In general, governors receive the most support from both major parties, with 71 percent of adults approving their governor’s performance. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is much less popular than the average governor, drawing just 43 percent approval – although it is sharply divided along partisan lines. More than 8 in 10 Republicans approve of the President’s approach to the crisis, and 9 in 10 Democrats disapprove.