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Executive Approval: Gradual Decrease for Governors, But President’s Rating Stable, Survey Says

Rutgers scholar Katherine Ognyanova is available to comment on the latest Rutgers-Harvard-Northeastern-Northwestern survey data from The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States.

The researchers surveyed 21,196 people across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia from Aug. 7 – 26. The researchers polled participants about President Trump’s and the 50 governors’ responses to COVID-19. The survey also charts how public opinion has changed since late April.

To view the full report and findings, click here. Among the findings:

  • The average governor saw their approval slip from 51% in July to 48% in August (versus 63% in late April).
  • President Trump rebounded slightly from his low point of approval of 34% in July to 35% in August.
  • States with governors who have notably low approval ratings (below 40%) include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Oregon, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.
  • Governors with precipitous drops in the last month include those in California (Gavin Newsom) from 58% approval to 47%, Virginia (Ralph Northam) from 59% to 46% and Florida (Ron DeSantis) from 40% to 29%.
  • Trump’s approval in Florida also dropped sharply from 39% to 29%.
  • Average approval for a Democratic governor among Democrats dropped from 77% to 69% since April; and 57% to 41% among Republicans.

 

Katherine Ognyanova, an assistant professor at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information, does research in network science, computational social science, social technology, media, civic and political communication.

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