Local, state leaders see approval dip but remain popular in latest Bexar Facts poll

UTSA expert cites pandemic fatigue, partisan reaction to ratings drop

SAN ANTONIO – As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, local elected officials and the governor are seeing their approval ratings drop.

While San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Gov. Greg Abbott still appear to be popular with Bexar County voters. Each of them had at least a 61% approval rating in the latest Bexar Facts-KSAT-Rivard Report poll released on Tuesday, which was a drop of seven to nine percentage points from the previous poll in April.

UTSA Professor of Public Administration Heywood Sanders attributes the dip to residents’ fatigue over the pandemic and opinions on how the elected officials are handling the crisis.

“A little bit of the bloom is off the rose,” Sanders said.

Bexar Facts Poll leaders ratings June 2020 (KSAT)

The Bexar Facts poll was performed online and over the phone in English and Spanish with 616 registered Bexar County voters from June 10-14.

During the previous poll, conducted April 16-20, Wolff and Nirenberg were suddenly much more in the public eye, Sanders said. Thanks to the perception that they were taking action during a pandemic, the pair saw their approval ratings jump from into the 70s after originally polling in the 50s in January, Sanders said.

Abbott’s approval rating was not included in the original January poll, but he also received a 70% approval rating in April.

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