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New polls show Duval County residents reject Trump, RNC Convention

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According to new polls by the University of North Florida and RABA Research, Jacksonville voters do not want the Republican National Committee’s convention to come to town, citing concerns that the event could spread coronavirus. This new polling comes as Florida’s coronavirus cases continue to climb rapidly, including in Duval County.

“While Trump forges ahead with ego-driven campaign stops that lack any meaningful safety precautions, Floridians are rightfully concerned about the ongoing threat of COVID-19,” said Frances Swanson, spokesperson for the Florida Democratic Party. “Trump’s insistence on hosting a major campaign event in the area will continue to cost him with voters in an important swing-county, who unlike Trump, are more concerned with their safety than a photo-op.”

Toplines:

  • 58% of voters strongly or somewhat oppose Jacksonville hosting the RNC. (UNF)
  • When asked how concerned they were about COVID-19 transmission if a large number of people gathered for the RNC in Jacksonville, 71% said they were very or somewhat concerned. (UNF)
  • When asked about the stay at home order and social distancing restrictions, 56% of respondents said that Jacksonville is moving too quickly in easing restrictions and reopening businesses. (UNF)
  • President Donald Trump garnered just 39% approval, with 61% disapproving of his job performance. (UNF)
  • Regarding the upcoming 2020 general election, 48% indicated they would vote for Joe Biden, while 41% stated they would vote for Donald Trump. Just 5% said they wouldn’t vote. (UNF)
  • Trump trails Vice President Joe Biden in a head-to-head match-up 51% to 43%. (RABA Research)

As the RNC scrambles to fill out a host committee, two members departed the group since it was announced last week -- one of whom, Potter’s House International Ministries founder Vaughn McLaughlin, said he never accepted the position in the first place. UF Health Jacksonville CEO Dr. Leon Haley Jr. is leaving the committee to “focus on preparing the medical facility.”