Why Brian Kemp’s coronavirus response is the least popular


This is not the case with Republican Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp.

In a new Washington Post-Ipsos national poll, respondents were asked if they approved of the work of their state’s governor in the treatment of coronavirus. More than 7 in 10 (71%) approved the governor of their own state nationally.

But the Post went deeper – drawing specific numbers for the 12 states where they had “sample sizes large enough to break down the results.” And that’s where you see how much Kemp’s performance is regarded by the Georgians.

Eleven of 12 state governors with large enough samples to offer statistically sound conclusions – California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia – saw a majority of their constituents approving the work they had done on the virus. (Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine and New York Democratic Government Andrew Cuomo had the highest approval ratings, 86% and 81%, respectively.)

Who was the only exception? Kemp. And his numbers were disastrously bad: 39% approved of the work he was doing while 61% disapproved. The second worst note? Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott 57% approves / 41% disapproves.

That’s wonderful. At a time when governors resemble the most popular politicians in the world, Kemp cannot even convince 4 in 10 Georgians to say that he is doing a good job in responding to the coronavirus. (Reminder: Donald Trump won Georgia by 5 points in 2016.)

What happened?

Well, Kemp drew negative attention both to how he closed his condition and how he decided to reopen it.

He was one of the last governors to issue an on-site shelter order for his state, finally announcing it on April 2 – two full weeks after California became the first state in the country to do so. When asked why he had waited so long and what finally convinced him to close the state, Kemp said this:

“Find out that this virus is spreading now before people see any signs, so what we’ve been telling people about the CDC’s guidelines for weeks now is that if you start to feel bad, stay at home … these people could have infect people before they feel bad. But we didn’t know until the last 24 hours. ”

What? Asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus – you can transmit the virus without showing any signs that you have it – has been a well-known reality for weeks when Kemp said it.

So, bad start.

A few weeks later, Kemp started again – announcing, against the advice of virtually all public health officials in the country, that he would begin reopening the state on April 24, making Georgia the first state to do so . While Trump initially offered to support Kemp for the plan, the president openly opened Kemp.

“I told Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp that I did not at all agree with his decision to open certain facilities that violate the directives of the first phase for the incredible people of Georgia,” Trump told media the day before reopening begins.

Although it is still too early to analyze whether Kemp’s premature decision has led to an increase in the number of cases – read this to understand why – there is no question, when examining post-Ipsos data, that Kemp has taken a major blow in the way it has dealt with the coronavirus crisis to date.

And when you consider that he won the governorship in 2018 with around 55,000 votes (out of almost 4 million votes cast), you can imagine that with figures like these, Kemp will be at the top of the list target Democrats within two years or so. time.


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