Approval ratings for Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis sink

Approval ratings for President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis are falling into the red, according to a new survey.

The Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) now shows DeSantis with a -5 approval rating. That’s a 5-point drop from last month and a nearly 25-point drop in the past five months. The May version of the same poll had DeSantis with a +19 approval rating.

The FAU BEPI’s newest poll showed 43% of Floridians approve of the Governor, while 48% disapprove.

Trump’s approval rating sits at 44% while a majority of Floridians — 51% — disapprove of his performance as President. That’s a -7 rating and represents a 5-point drop from his September numbers.

The President’s overall approval ratings track nearly perfectly with his ratings on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just 44% of voters said Trump’s response to the outbreak was “good” or “excellent.” Conversely, 50% of voters rated his response as “poor” or “terrible.”

DeSantis’ downslide, too, largely mirrors the surge in cases seen throughout Florida during the late spring and early summer.

As DeSantis sat at a +19 approval rating in May, Florida’s COVID-19 numbers were largely

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