A Quinnipiac poll of Florida released Thursday had bad news for Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump, with DeSantis seeing his lowest approval ratings ever and Trump down by double digits to Joe Biden. This comes on the heels of consistent back-to-back national polls showing Biden with a +15 landslide lead over Trump
Floridians also said the virus was “out of control” in the state. They overwhelmingly backed a statewide mask order and believed the state opened up too early. But they’re not behind a new shutdown just yet. Overall, DeSantis’ job rating was 41% positive to 52% negative, a massive swing from April when he received a positive 53% to 33% negative job approval rating, which even then was low compared to record-high approval for most state governors at the time. The numbers are the lowest for DeSantis since taking office in January 2019.
Trump’s handling of the virus also was negative, at just 37% approval to 52% disapproval, down 11 points from April. Overall, Trump had a negative 40% to 58% job approval rating, compared with 45% approval and 51% disapproval in April. “The president doesn’t escape the shifting moods and concerns of voters in Florida,” Malloy said. “His sagging numbers are a gut punch from one of the key states he keenly hopes to win.” The biggest margin was in favor of masks, with 79% backing mandatory use in public compared with just 20% opposed. Floridians also mostly supported removing Confederate statues and renaming military bases named after Confederate generals. A majority, 51%, said they see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
By the numbers: Biden is ahead of Trump 55%-40% among registered voters. However, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's margin reduces to 54%-44% among likely voters.
Why it matters: Per the poll news release, "Three and a half months ago the two candidates were virtually even in trust to handle the pandemic, Trump +2 percentage points, 45-43 percent. Today, with COVID-19 cases surging around the nation, Biden leads Trump on the issue by a 20-point margin, 54-34 percent."
Biden has now taken the Lead with Young People with a +18% jump in support, Suburban Women and the majority of Americans now feel Joe Biden on the Economy - no doubt to the ire of Trump, who's only claim to any shred of success has been maintaining the growth of the Obama-Biden economy (The longest and greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history). Below are all the ways the Nation has reported favoring Biden over Trump by dramatic double-digits.
|Candidate Attributes||Voter Response|
More Honest & Trustworthy
Trump 35% Biden 51%
Better understands the problems of people like you
Trump 35% Biden 52%
Better Personality & Temperament for a President
Trump 33% Biden 59%
A Strong Leader
Trump 45% Biden 45%
Better idea of what America should stand for
Trump 40% Biden 50%
Represents your own personal values
Trump 38% Biden 53%
Would be better at Uniting Americans than Dividing
Trump 33% Biden 57%