Support slides for Republican governors' handling of COVID-19, holds steady for Democrats

Support slides for Republican governors' handling of COVID-19, holds steady for Democrats
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Support for Republican governors’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic declined throughout June, while support for their Democratic counterparts remained steady, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. 

Forty-three percent of those surveyed in Republican-led states said their governor communicated a “clear plan of action,” based on the new poll. That is an 11-point drop from the 54 percent of surveyed Americans living in one of 26 states led by a Republican governor who said the same in early June. 

Similarly, just 53 percent of surveyed Americans in those states now say their governor cares about the safety and health of the community, marking an 8-point decline from the 61 percent who said the same early last month.

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Ratings for Democratic governors' handling of the pandemic did not have the same dips from the start of June, according to the poll. 

Sixty-five percent of Americans in one of the 24 states led by a Democratic governor said in the new poll that their governor communicated a clear plan of action, compared to 66 percent at the start of June. 

Fifty-eight percent now say their Democratic governor cares about the safety and health of the community, as did 57 percent at the start of June, according to Gallup. 

The drop for Republican governors is largely led by decreased support among independents, Gallup noted. 

The majority of independents in Republican-led states said their governors communicated a clear plan of action in response to the pandemic and cared about the safety and health of the community at the start of June. But in the latest survey, just 39 percent of independents in those states said their governor communicated a clear plan of action and just 47 percent said their governor cares about the safety and health of the community. 

The Gallup poll is based on self-administered web surveys conducted June 29 to July 5 with a sample of 3,609 adults who are members of the Gallup panel. There is a margin of error of 3 percentage points.