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 DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Democrats face growing hurdles in bid to oust DeSantis DeSantis eyes ,000 bonus for unvaccinated police to relocate to Florida MORE, Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottAbbott signs new Texas congressional maps into law The Memo: Will COVID-19's dip boost Biden? GOP leaders escalate battle against COVID-19 vaccine mandates MORE, Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Arizona launches M program to help families pay utility bills GOP governors traveling to border to unveil new security initiative MORE and Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Arbery murder trial set to begin this week 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. 


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 NewsomCalifornia faces flash flood watches amid 'Bomb Cyclone' and 'Atmospheric River' Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Ivory poaching changes evolution of elephants California regulator proposes ban on oil drilling near schools, hospitals, homes 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.