GOP Governors Who Reopened Quickly Met With Low Approval Ratings, New Poll Says



Republican governors in three states – Georgia, Texas and Florida – who pushed their states to reopen quickly face low marks in their handling of the outbreak, new poll says, while governors from both sides who have taken a more cautious approach to easing restrictions have won praise.


The survey, led by the Washington post and Ipsos in a survey of more than 8,000 adults, shows that a governor’s approach to reopening transcends politics, despite the partisan politics that play out over President Trump’s handling of the virus.

The poll found Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who was slow to shut down his state and one of the first to reopen, with the lowest 39% approval rating, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got second and third. lowest scores at 57% and 60%, respectively.

The highest rating went to Republican Governor Mike DeWine with 87% approval, who was praised for his measured approach to opening up the state; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, got the second-highest approval with the approval of around eight in ten adults.

Overall, 71% of Americans approve of the performance of their governors, with majority bipartisan approval.

Trump, who has been criticized for his response to the virus, received much lower marks, at 43% in the new poll.

The president pushed back on governors’ high approval ratings in a Tweeter Tuesday morning, claiming that they “would not have been able to achieve these numbers or have this success in any way” without his help.

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Further reading

Many governors gain bipartisan support for dealing with pandemic, but some Republicans face backlash over reopening efforts (Washington Post)

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