Gov. DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump

Gov. DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisIsrael forms task force to pressure Ben & Jerry's to reverse boycott: report Florida Democratic official suspends concealed carry permits for 22 people tied to Capitol riot Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios MORE (R) scored high job approval ratings in a University of North Florida-First Coast News poll released this week, outperforming President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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.

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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.