Poll: Ducey has the lowest approval rating in the country for COVID-19 response

In a new poll that asked how Americans felt about the response from their governors, as well as President Trump, to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey scored the lowest in favorability out of any governor in the country.

The Microsoft News Poll asked respondents how much they approved of the work of both their governor and President Trump to keep people safe during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. 

When averaged across the board, Governors scored 27 percentage points higher in approval for COVID-19 response than President Trump. The approval doesn’t seem to have extended to the Grand Canyon State, however. 

 

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Gov. Ducey received an approval rating of 52 percent, placing him at the very bottom of the rankings. President Trump received an overall approval rating of 45 percent. The President’s approval rating was as low as 10 percent in Hawaii and as a high as 69 percent in deep red West Virginia. 

The governors from Ohio, Maryland, and Kentucky scored the highest in favorability. 

Last week, Governor Ducey maintained that Arizona would be taking a different approach than other states that have made stay-at-home orders. He issued a stay-at-home executive order which prevented municipalities from imposing stricter restrictions on what constitutes an essential service. 

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego called Ducey’s essential services list “laughable,” as it included golf courses, barber shops, nail salons, photography stores and pawn shops.

The mayors of Tucson, Flagstaff, Tolleson, and Somerton publicly took umbrage with the list as well. 

As of today, there were 2,575 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 73 deaths in Arizona.