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DeSantis’ Approval Rating Plummets As Florida’s COVID Deaths Skyrocket

At one point, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was seen as the future of Florida politics. He hit a roadblock in 2018 when he ran up against Republican Ron DeSantis who narrowly defeated Gillum to become Florida’s governor. DeSantis has become a popular name in the GOP and is rumored to be considering a Presidential run in 2024.

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While Florida, at first, had a handle on the Coronavirus, the disease is now running out of control in the Sunshine State. And plenty of the state’s residents feel that DeSantis is to blame. From October of 2019 to July of 2020, the Republicans approval rating has dropped by 25%.

In May of this year, DeSantis declared that Florida had conquered the virus. He said of his critics, “None of these people knew anything about Florida at all, so I didn’t care what they were saying.”

But Florida is now having an extremely difficult time containing COVID’s spread. On Tuesday, the state reported 9,194 new cases and a record 132 deaths.

Residents see DeSantis as a major part of the problem. In October of last year, the Governor was riding high with a 72% approval rating. In that same poll, Donald Trump was given only a 47% approval rating.

In a poll released Sunday by YouGov, DeSantis has now plummeted to those Trump like depths. He earned only a 47% approval rate compared a 53% disapproval rate.

With COVID-19 cases rising in Florida at extreme rates, it may be very difficult for DeSantis to regain the trust of voters. He will not be up for re-election until 2022.



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