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GOP governors in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida see approval sink

Republican governors four states with surging coronavirus case numbers have seen their approval ratings sink in recent weeks, according to survey data obtained by Axios. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisRomney blasts Trump lack of leadership during pandemic: 'It's a great human tragedy' Florida officials were asked to avoid public statements on coronavirus before election: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates MORE, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates List of Republicans breaking with Trump grows longer MORE and Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempLoeffler campaign staffer dies in car crash Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs Republicans scramble to counter calls to boycott Georgia runoffs MORE all had disapproval ratings of 55 percent or higher in the survey taken between July 13 and July 19. 

Ducey and DeSantis have the highest disapproval rating among the group, at 62 percent and 58 percent, respectively. All four governors are in the middle of their terms, which expire in 2022. 

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Some have lost support within their own party, the survey found. In July, 69 percent of Texas Republicans said they approved of Abbott's handling of the virus, but that's down from 89 percent in May.

By contrast, California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNIH director implores religious leaders to close places of worship amid COVID-19 surge The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal Democratic figures accused of hypocrisy on COVID-19 precautions MORE (D) hasn’t seen his approval rating budge even as the state continues to experience a surge of its own, setting a record of more than 12,800 new cases on Wednesday.

The survey also found that the number of people surveyed who said they knew somebody who tested positive for the coronavirus has increased significantly.

In Texas, just 32 percent knew someone with the virus in the May 11-17 survey, but by the July 13-19 survey that share had jumped to 62 percent. In Florida it jumped from 33 percent to 55 percent.

The survey, which was conducted by Survey Monkey from May 11-July 19, collected responses from 519,349 U.S. adults. For the Arizona sample, the reported margin of error is 3.5 percentage points, for Florida it is 2.5 percentage points, for Georgia it is 4 percentage points and for Texas it is 2.5 percentage points.