Ron DeSantis

More than two weeks into his tenure as governor, Ron DeSantis has proven a lot of Floridians wrong. A new survey shows he is Florida’s most popular Republican, outpacing President Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Rick Scott. 

The Mason-Dixon Florida poll shows Gov. DeSantis with a 48 percent favorable and 17 percent unfavorable rating. That’s ahead of Sen. Rubio’s 44 to 23 rating and Sen. Scott’s 42-38 rating. President Trump is underwater in Florida with 42 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable.

DeSantis has surged in popularity since the last Mason-Dixon survey – increasing 9 percent. Republicans, not surprisingly, like him. So do 52 percent of independents. Only Democrats, again not surprisingly, give him poor marks – with 16 percent viewing him favorably.

The new governor has made a splash in his short time in office – appointing three conservatives to the Florida Supreme Court while suspending three local officials accusing of violating state law. He’s also rolled out a well-received environmental plan that addressed the Red tide issue that has plagued much of Florida’s coastal regions. 

For Trump, despite more people viewing him unfavorably, there is some good news. The survey found a near deadlock in those who would support him for reelection in 2020 – 45 percent would vote for him while 46 percent would not. 

It’s clear the President has his work cutout for him but he starts in a decent position in the nation’s most important swing state. It’s another clear indicator that Florida will be ground zero in the 2020 battle for the White House. 


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