A new poll of registered voters in Florida from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows President Donald Trump’s numbers dropping in the Sunshine State, mostly due to the way the public perceives he is handling the coronavirus pandemic.
The poll shows Trump is faring better in Florida than he is across the nation, with 40 percent of those surveyed approving of the president’s job performance and 55 percent disapproving of it. Diving deeper, 49 percent of Florida voters strongly disapprove of the job Trump is doing to contain the coronavirus and handle the crisis while 30 percent strongly approve of his efforts.
PPP offered a sample that somewhat mirrors the 2016 electorate with 46 percent of respondents saying they voted for Trump in the last election, 45 percent for former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and 9 percent either voting for third party candidates or not voting at all.
Accountable.US, a non-partisan watchdog, sponsored the poll.
“Throughout the public health crisis, the president and his Senate allies have put the interests of the wealthy and well-connect ahead of the safety and economic security of workers and small businesses,” Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig told Florida Daily. “It’s clear the public is troubled by this misguided approach.”
The PPP poll also looks at Congress and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is also underwater with Florida voters. Only 31 percent of those approve of the job Rubio is doing while 51 percent disapprove of him. Rubio is up for a third term in 2022 and, despite uneven polling, handily won a second term in 2016.
The poll also examined attitudes towards Congress and what should be done next to help the American people. Not surprisingly, Floridians are overwhelmingly against bailing out large corporations in the next round of stimulus talks with a large majority–74 percent–saying Congress should focus on struggling workers and small businesses before they allow more money to go to large corporations. Asked about supporting small businesses, 41 percent say the next set of government loans should go to small businesses most in need and 34 percent think a new program tailored to small businesses is needed.
On unemployment benefits, the message is a little more mixed as 41 percent think workers should continue to get $600 a week in benefits, while 24 percent believe that number should be decreased. Another 14 percent think workers should get more while 15 percent think these benefits should expire and not be extended.
The poll of 609 registered voters in Florida–37 percent of them Democrats, 35 percent Republican and 28 percent with no party affiliation–was taken on July 31 and had a margin of error of +/-4 percent.
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