DeSantis’ Approval Rating Tanks Amid Skyrocketing COVID-19 Cases, ‘Pied Piper’ Label
The result of a new poll by Florida analytics firm St. Pete Polls shows fewer Floridians think DeSantis is doing a good job leading the state. According to the poll, which surveyed 3,952 Florida voters on August 2 and 3, just 44% of those asked said they approved of the job DeSantis was doing, while 49% disapproved.
The change has come amid the Republican governor’s adamant defiance of public health experts and open hostility to COVID-19 safety measures, even as new cases skyrocket.
The St. Pete Polls pollsters also asked residents about masks in schools, finding that DeSantis’ order is well out of step with the sentiment of most Floridians: 62% responded that masks "should be required for all children," while 31.9% said they were unsure.
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Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber was a bit less choosy with his words, telling CNN’s Ryan Nobles on Sunday that DeSantis “is like the pied piper leading everybody off a cliff right now by letting them know that they don't have to like the CDC, they don't have to wear masks, that they can do whatever they want when we're in the midst of an enormous pandemic."