Gee, ya think?

Courtesy of WaPo:

A look at recent polling of nine governors — five Republicans and four Democrats from states that are polled frequently because they will likely be determinative in the 2020 election — shows that the governors who instituted face-mask requirements, urged social distancing and reopened more slowly than other states have seen a jump in their approval ratings.

By contrast, the governors who eschewed public health experts’ advice and reopened quickly — as President Trump urged — have seen their approval ratings drop, by double digits in some cases.

The polling underscores a pretty simple reality: Most voters want the coronavirus under control above all else. They seem to be willing to be told to wear masks in the summer heat, to avoid large crowds and to avoid going to school or work. In fact, voters have rewarded those politicians who have limited their movement. Polls show that most Americans are still scared they or a family member will get sick.

Democratic governors Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, Roy Cooper in North Carolina, Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania and Tony Evers in Wisconsin — all states that will play a role in the 2020 presidential election — have approval ratings in the high 50s to mid 60s this summer, all after taking restrictions that went beyond many of their Republican counterparts to control the coronavirus.

Before the pandemic, less than half of people in Michigan, 42 percent, approved of the job Whitmer was doing. That jumped to 60 percent this March. And she gets positive marks any way you ask the question on how she’s handling the virus. In a separate CNN/SSRS poll, 69 percent of voters said she was “doing everything she could to fight the outbreak.”

Cooper in North Carolina is up for reelection in what was supposed to be one of the Democrats’ toughest fights in 2020 for governors’ mansions. But according to a recent NBC/Marist poll, he leads his opponent, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R), by 20 points among registered voters.

Cooper refused Trump’s demands to lift coronavirus restrictions so the president could hold the Republican National Convention there. Instead, the governor has tightened restrictions as the summer has gone on, issuing a statewide mask mandate and recently hitting pause on the state’s reopening. The same NBC/Marist poll found 58 percent of North Carolinians approving of Cooper and 34 percent disapproving.

The governor with one of the highest approval ratings is Mike DeWine of Ohio. Three-quarters (75 percent) approved of the Republican governor in a Quinnipiac University poll in June, up from 44 percent from a year ago. DeWine’s approval rating is an all-time high for Ohio governors in Quinnipiac polls dating back to 2007.

He was one of the first of any governors to issue a stay-at-home order and to try early on to get people to wear masks. Though there were protests in his state, voters have rewarded DeWine with a 31-point jump in his approval ratings from last year. He’s now one of the most popular governors in America.

This is one of those things  I think we all assumed but did not know for sure until we saw the polls. 

In times of emergency, we want strong leaders who make hard choices to keep us safe. 

In Alaska, I was comforted by the fact that initially, our governor seemed to take the virus seriously and made good choices to keep it from spreading. 

However after a month or so he could not stand his ground and caved to influence from Trump and business leaders and started to open everything back up which led to our current spike in new cases and an increase in hospitalizations. 

Our hospitals will be filled to capacity by September and there is no sign that we have peaked as of yet. 

Fortunately for those of us living in Anchorage, our mayor is significantly more on the ball and he has closed businesses once again and made masks mandatory.

Because of those decisions, he is much admired and there is talk of a run for governor in 2022. 

Trust me, he has my vote.