Cuomo maintained strict lockdowns, crushing jobs and freedom. DeSantis took the opposite route and rejected tyranny. Who was right?
As of February 8th, 2021:
New York, Cuomo
230 deaths Per 100,000 People
46,000 deaths to date
15,000 nursing home deaths
1,000,000+ Jobs Lost
8,000 Currently Hospitalized
9,000 Daily Cases
1.8 million vaccinations
128 deaths Per 100,000 People
28,000 deaths to date
9,000 nursing home deaths
400,000+ Jobs Lost
5,000 Currently Hospitalized
7,400 Daily Cases
2.1 million vaccinations
Even with the following state differences:
Florida has a larger population than New York.
Florida is more disproportionately elderly (more at risk).
Florida's population is more concentrated in urban areas.
Florida is visited by more potentially infected tourists.
Cuomo's Plan: Lockdowns
Cuomo made a lot of bad decisions despite being given an Emmy for his "leadership".
Cuomo also added strict guidelines for who can get the vaccine, and when they could get it. It was a bureaucratic mess that left vaccines in the trash.
41 percent of voters believe Cuomo deserves another Term.
47 percent said it's time to move on.
DeSantis's Plan: Freedom
While New York looked grim, Florida was thriving. Restaurants, schools, bars, and gatherings were all open without nonsensical restrictions.
The only problem? His response better than Cuomo's, and he didn't sacrifice freedom.
"People vote with their feet, and they are flooding into this state, we have investment coming in... and so I think that there are the narratives that some of the corporate elite media tried to sell, people don’t buy it. And this is a perfect example. Because if people bought their narratives, you’d have people leaving here to go to the states that are supposedly doing so well." - Gov. DeSantis, RealClearPolitics