Gov. DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump

Gov. DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Florida governor suspends all evictions and foreclosures in the state amid pandemic MORE (R) scored high job approval ratings in a University of North Florida-First Coast News poll released this week, outperforming President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE.

In the poll, 65 percent of Florida voters surveyed approved of the job DeSantis is doing as governor, while just 21 percent disapproved.

While the figure is down from DeSantis's October approval rating of 72 percent, he registered strong numbers among Republicans and independents, as well as some Democrats.


Eighty-five percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 46 percent of Democrats approved of DeSantis.

“The governor’s job approval ratings are quite high,” Michael Binder, director of the university’s Public Opinion Research Lab, said in a statement. “The governor’s focus on issues that draw support from both parties, such as increased teacher pay and the environment, has garnered support from Democrats and Independents, while not alienating his Republican base.”

Trump, meanwhile, polled considerably lower than the governor, with 47 percent of Florida voters approving of the job he's done as president and 51 percent disapproving.

The poll was conducted from Feb. 10 to Feb. 18 and surveyed 725 voters with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.