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The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A majority of Jacksonville, Fla., voters do not support the GOP's move to hold the main portions of its national convention in their city this summer, per a University of North Florida poll released Wednesday.

By the numbers: 58% of voters oppose the move, while 42% support it. 71% of respondents expressed concerns about the event helping to spread coronavirus, while 61% indicated they worried the convention could bring "protests and social unrest."

  • While there was an expected partisan divide — 90% of Democrats opposed the move, compared to just 19% of Republicans — it's worth noting that 62% of independents were not in favor.

The big picture: Florida passed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases earlier this week, as the state combats a sharp spike in cases.

The state of play: President Trump and the RNC relocated the public portions of the event, like President Trump's nominating speech, to Jacksonville from Charlotte, after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said he would require the convention to be downsized due to COVID-19.

  • The event is expected to draw around 50,000 people.

Go deeper

SurveyMonkey poll: Disappointment, anger, four-letter words

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Three words Americans associated most with President Trump's debate performance: Bully, childish and rude. Joe Biden: Weak, presidential and poor. The debate itself: Chaotic, Trump and variations on the word s--t.

The big picture: A new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll shows that while nobody on that stage should feel great about their performance, Trump hurt himself more than his rival with Tuesday night's theatrics in what's been called the worst U.S. presidential debate in history.

Focus group: Ohio swing voters unhappy but unmoved by debate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The chaotic first presidential debate didn't do much to change some voters' minds here, with several voters who previously supported President Trump deciding to stick with him, even if they were embarrassed by his debate performance.

Why it matters: Most people's minds were made up before Tuesday's debate. But these voters' feelings show how much the pandemic may be hurting Trump in battleground states.

Mike Allen, author of AM
2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

First look: Anita Dunn advises Dems on economy message for '22

Signs from a President Biden event yesterday in Kansas City, Mo. Photo: Chase Castor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In a midterm preview, top Democratic strategist Anita Dunn advises the party's House and Senate members to frame Republicans "as being against the economic interests of working Americans."

What she's saying: "Explicitly framing Republicans as opposing policies to lower costs does better than simply framing Republicans as the 'party of no,'" Dunn, White House senior adviser until August, writes in the memo.