Voters in poll pick DeSantis as best governor on COVID, Cuomo as worst

DeSantis took less intrusive approach, Cuomo enforced strict mitigation measures.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a July press conference
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a July press conference
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had the best response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the worst, said respondents in a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

In the poll of registered voters, 22% said DeSantis had the "most effective response to COVID-19," while 28% said Cuomo had the worst. Just 19% of voters, meanwhile, said DeSantis, a Republican, had the worst response, while only 15% said Cuomo's was the best. 

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Just the News Daily Poll
Just the News Daily Poll
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Just the News Daily Poll
Just the News Daily Poll
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Debate has raged over the past year as to which response to COVID-19 is more effective: the stringent lockdown measures adopted by Cuomo, or the more hands-off approach utilized by DeSantis. 

New York is currently second among states for population-adjusted deaths from COVID-19, while Florida is #27. Cuomo, a Democrat, has also lately been embroiled in a scandal in which his administration concealed the total number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths in the state for many months.

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed-mode approach from March 18-20, 2021, and had a margin of sampling error: +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Click here to see the poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics.