A summer of turbulence and tempest actually improved the public perception of Jacksonville’s Republican Mayor and Sheriff according to new polling from the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab.
Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams saw their numbers improve with Duval County voters compared to a broader survey of registered voters in June.
Curry remains underwater in the UNF PORL poll’s estimation, but less so than he did in the June canvass.
His overall net approval in the survey is minus two, but there are positive signs. The 47% approval is up two since early summer, and more respondents strongly approve of Curry than disapprove of him.
Despite partisan posturing including a red meat performance at one of President Donald Trump‘s final rallies before his COVID-19 diagnosis, Curry again struggles with Republicans. Just 72% approve of the Mayor, a former chair of not only the county GOP but the Republican Party of Florida; 27% disapprove of his job performance.
NPAs polled appreciate the Mayor almost as much as members of the GOP. Curry is at 57% with that cohort.
However, the Mayor does not connect with Democrats, who comprise a plurality of Duval County