State leaders in the spotlight during pandemic

Posted at 7:16 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 08:29:48-04

(LEX 18) — As state leaders make decisions to keep their communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are getting national recognition.

Every day, many Americans’ eyes are on their TV or live stream feed, taking in every word about updates and orders from their state leaders. Some have even found their own fan base as a result.

This includes Governor Beshear, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, New York’s Andrew Cuomo and Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo.

According to a new survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, more Americans approve of the way their state government is handling the coronavirus outbreak than they approve of the federal government’s approach. Specifically, 57 percent compared to 38 percent.

Only 44 percent of those surveyed approve of how President Trump has been dealing with the pandemic.

The survey also found when it comes to political parties, the personal and straight-forward approach some governors have during press briefings gets praise from democrats and republicans. One example is California Governor Gavin Newsom, a democrat, who focuses on numbers and details and recently gave a lengthy thank-you to moms in charge of childcare.

It appears some are aware of the attention they’re getting and are trying to make the most of it.