Gov. DeSantis

A new survey by Florida Atlantic University finds that Floridians give new Governor Ron DeSantis high marks, not only personally but for his announced policies. DeSantis’ approval rating sits at 48 percent with 18 percent disapproval and 34 percent unsure. 

DeSantis’ policies on the environment and education are both backed by a majority of residents. 

“Even though DeSantis had a tightly contested race for governor, it seems that Floridians are giving him a fresh start,” said FAU’s Monica Escaleras. “DeSantis has started his role as governor tackling issues that are important for Floridians, such as environmental issues and education.”

The FAU poll found that 59 percent of respondents approve of Gov. DeSantis’ plan to reduce the impacts of harmful algae blooms. On the education front, 52 percent support his proposal to end Common Core standards from K-12 exams. Twenty-one percent disagree with the end of Common Core, while 27 percent are undecided.

While Florida remains politically divided, voters like that DeSantis transitioned his campaign into his administration. 

“Gov. DeSantis appears to be benefiting from following through on some of his campaign promises, especially his focus on the algae concerns,” said Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., professor of political science at FAU.

On the national political front, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both underwater with Floridians. Trump wins approval from 41 percent of voters, while 46 percent disapprove. Pelosi has a 40 percent approval rating with 44 percent disapproval. 

One President Trump policy is supported by a majority of Floridians – the border wall. A majority (55 percent) support the construction of an additional border wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, while 37 percent oppose, and 9 percent are undecided. With debate over this issue raging in Washington, D.C., 51 percent of Florida voters said they support Congressional funding for a border wall in exchange for avoiding another partial government shutdown, while 36 percent oppose and 13 percent are undecided.

David Bishop is a native Floridian, husband and father. During his 30 year career, David has been a journalist, political operative and communications consultant.