A newly released poll conducted by Quinnipiac University shows that Florida Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a terrible mistake by opposing public health measures aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
DeSantis believed that taking the side of conspiracy theorists would be a political winner. But the new poll suggests he has massively miscalculated.
According to the survey, 60 percent of Florida voters support school mask mandates, while just 36 percent are opposed.
DeSantis’s draconian rule of cutting off salaries of school leaders who defy his mask mandate ban, meanwhile, is even more politically toxic for the governor, as just 25 percent say the policy is a good idea while 69 percent say it’s a bad idea.
In fact, even a majority of Republican voters, who are the most opposed to school mask mandates, do not support withholding payment from school administrators who enact mask mandates.
“As COVID-19 makes a frightening resurgence, it’s Tallahassee versus the teaching institutions,” said Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy. “Thumbs down from Floridians on DeSantis’ ban on mask requirements in public schools. Thumbs down on DeSantis’ call to freeze pay of administrators who mandate mask wearing. And he gets scant support from fellow Republicans on penalizing the school leaders who defy him.”
See the entire poll here.