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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's pandemic approval ratings plunge in new poll
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's pandemic approval ratings plunge in new poll

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Thirty-seven percent of participants in a new poll say they strongly disapprove of how Gov. Doug Ducey is managing the pandemic.

Arizonans’ approval of Gov. Doug Ducey’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak has dropped sharply as the number of cases has skyrocketed.

A total of 37% of those questioned in a new poll say they strongly disapprove of how the governor is managing the situation, with another 26% saying they somewhat disapprove.

The poll done by OH Predictive Insights of 600 people who are likely to vote this year does not specifically ask whether unhappy Arizonans find Ducey’s policies and practices too weak or too strong.

But pollster Mike Noble pointed out the results are a sharp departure from when he asked the identical question a month ago. That was two weeks after Ducey dissolved his stay-at-home order and allowed bars and restaurants to fully reopen.

At that time the number of new daily cases was in the 1,300 range. It had just started to rise, as the incubation period for the virus is about a week and it can take several days after that to get test results.

The survey done in early June found Ducey’s overall coronavirus approval rating was 22 points higher than the number who did not like what he was doing.

By June 29, the number of new cases was running about 5,300 a day.

That was the day the governor partially reversed course, closing bars, gyms, theaters and water parks. The number of new cases has flattened out somewhat since then, though the state health department reports data for the past week or so may be incomplete as it awaits test results from laboratories.

But Ducey’s negative ratings now exceed his positives by 28 points.

Democrats are the most worried about the virus, with 89 percent saying they are at least moderately concerned. But even among Republicans, 47 percent said they are extremely or moderately concerned.

There was no immediate response from Ducey.

The survey was conducted last week, with two-thirds of those responding doing so through live interviews and the balance through automated responses. It has a margin of error of 4.0 percentage points.

The latest figures from the Arizona Department of Health Services show the total number of known cases as of Monday hit 123,824 with 2,245 deaths. That includes 1,357 new cases and eight deaths reported on Monday.

Hospitals are reporting that 90% of the beds in their intensive-care units are occupied, with more than 62% of those occupied beds housing patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

Overall in-patient bed usage is at 87%, split nearly in half between COVID and non-COVID patients. A record 671 COVID-19 patients are on ventilators.

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