Poll: Majority of National Voters Have a Favorable View of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves as he is introduced at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
AP Photo/John Raoux

A majority of likely voters across the country have a favorable view of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — a telling figure given the establishment media’s constant attacks and attempts to frame his policies as appealing to only a fringe minority.

Overall, 52 percent of respondents said they have a favorable impression of the Florida governor, and of those, 37 percent said they have a “very” favorable view. 

Opinions are sharply divided on party lines, as 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable impression of DeSantis, compared to 53 percent of Democrats who have an unfavorable impression. 

Independents are split, although plurality, 46 percent, said they have a favorable impression, compared to 32 percent who have an unfavorable view. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday April 11, 2022, signed the “Child Welfare” bill H.B. 7065, addressing the "fatherhood crisis."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday April 11, 2022, signed the “Child Welfare” bill H.B. 7065, addressing the “fatherhood crisis.” (Gov. Ron DeSantis Facebook photo)

The poll was taken April 10-11, 2022, among 1,000 likely voters and has a +/- 3 percent margin of error. 

The overall results suggest that the establishment media’s attempts, as well as attempts by left-wing activists, to frame DeSantis’s policies as fringe and unpopular are not working. Throughout the pandemic, they attempted to maim the governor’s reputation by criticizing his approach of prioritizing freedom and a return to normalcy. As a result, Florida’s coronavirus numbers actually stayed below blue states for months on end, and the Sunshine State’s economy rebounded. Last year, for example, Florida saw the highest level of domestic visitation in history as people flocked to the state to escape heavy-handed restrictions and mandates.

Beachgoers take advantage of the opening of South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Miami-Dade county and the City of Miami opened their beaches today as the area eases restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Miami Beach, Florida. (Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

 More recently, DeSantis received backlash for signing the Parental Rights in Education act, which bars classroom discussions on gender identity and sexual orientation for children in kindergarten through third grade. Critics continued to repeat the false mantra “Don’t Say Gay,” and accused the legislation of being “homophobic.”

The Associated Press

Guests stroll along Main Street at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

“These leftist politicians, corporate media outlets, some of these activist groups, they actually have read the bill, and they’re sloganeering because they don’t want to admit that they support a lot of the things we’re providing protections against,” DeSantis said in March.

“For example, they support sexualizing kids in kindergarten. They support injecting woke gender ideology into second grade classrooms. They support enabling schools to ‘transition students’ to a ‘different gender’ without the knowledge of the parent, much less, with the parent’s consent,” he continued. “What they’re doing with these slogans and these narrative is they’re trying to camouflage their true intentions.”

Disney is among the woke corporations that came out against DeSantis and the bill. However, the company does appear to be in the minority, as nearly 70 percent of likely voters say they are less likely to do business with Disney over this controversy.


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