Former Vice President Joe Biden has opened up a commanding 13 point lead over President Donald Trump in the latest Florida election poll from Quinnipiac University.
Biden currently leads Trump 51-38, a significant swing from the last Florida poll Quinnipiac conducted where Biden only led Trump by 4 points (46-42). As many recent polls have indicated, coronavirus and Trump’s handling of the pandemic were the biggest factors influencing the new figures. (RELATED: Republican Support Of Trump’s Coronavirus Response Drops 10 Points Since May)
Only 37 percent of respondents approved of Trump’s pandemic response, compared to 46 percent back in April. Trump’s overall job approval additional dropped 5 points since April, registering 40 percent on Thursday. Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis received similarly poor remarks. His approval rating fell a whopping 31 points since April — currently hovering at 41 percent, his lowest since taking office in 2019t — and 61 percent of survey participants said he reopened state businesses too quickly, contributing to the current spike in coronavirus cases.
On the subject of masks, 79 percent of respondents approved of mandating people cover their face in public, which matches data released by Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research on Thursday that 75 percent of Americans felt the same way.
Trump has taken a stronger stance in support of masks in recent weeks. He was photographed wearing a mask during a visit with veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center on July 10, tweeted about the subject a week later, then announced at this Tuesday’s coronavirus press briefing that people should wear face coverings in public “whether you like the mask or not.”
“They have an impact,” he told reporters gathered in the White House Brady Briefing Room. “They will have an effect and we need everything we can get.”
Still, Trump’s about face on masks and the pandemic might be too little too late. A poll from ABC, The Washington Post and Langer Research Associates released on July 17 showed that Republican support for Trump’s actions on coronavirus dropped 10 points since May.
The president also trails Biden by significant margins in 5 other key battleground states he won in 2016 and would likely need to win again in order to secure reelection in 2020. According to a late June poll from The New York Times and Sienna Colleges, Biden led Trump by 7 points in Arizona, 9 points in North Carolina, 10 points Pennsylvania, and 11 points in both Michigan and Wisconsin.
The Thursday Quinnipiac poll was conducted from July 16-20 among 924 self-identified registered voters and has a margin of error of 3.2 percent.