Ron DeSantis was underwater in district before resigning, poll asserts
Is Team DeSantis ahead of their skis? (Image via Getty)

<> on June 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Republican Gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis resigned his Congressional seat earlier this week, and if one Democratic poll is correct, that was fine with people in his district.

Nancy Soderberg, the Democrat running for what now is an open seat in Florida’s 6th Congressional District, released a poll showing DeSantis was underwater.

“Voters in this district have even turned away from their current representative and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who earns only 37 percent favorable rating while 44 percent rate him unfavorably,” the Soderberg polling memo asserted.

In that polling memo, Soderberg was highlighting her own dead heat with Republican nominee Mike Waltz; however, the findings regarding DeSantis are notable in microcosm, given that President Donald Trump won that district by 17 points in 2016, and given that DeSantis’ margin of victory was at least 16 points in all three general elections.

The poll was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and included 400 likely voters Sep. 4-6. MOE was 4.9 percent.

The survey assumed a +7 Republican electorate: 42 percent GOP, 35 percent Democrat, and NPA voters making up the balance.

Soderberg did not want to share the party or gender breaks of the poll data relative to DeSantis; however, with 37 percent approval, one could assume some shear with independent and even Republican voters.

Soderberg also has a money lead in the race, and has messaged aggressively in the general election campaign about Waltz essentially being a continuation of DeSantis’ tenure.

“As the country moves forward, candidates like DeSantis and Waltz are stuck in the past,” Soderberg said today, during a call where Democrats excoriated his 2013 vote against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a 1994 bill that federalized protections for women.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Robert W Porter

    September 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    As a constituent of Ron’s, the only time I ever saw him in person was at fundraisers. Believe me, this is not an atypical experience among my friends and colleagues.

  • Corey

    September 14, 2018 at 8:40 am

    And if the NeverTrumper Waltz gets elected he will be worse since he lives in DC and love seeing telling us that he is on FOX all the time. Good grief!

  • Nordonia Nate

    September 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Amusing… Essentially, the current strategy is to be anti Trump, declare yourself pro women, become a Democratic-socialist and conduct all sorts of cool polls…

    Simple question: ask Andrew Gillum HOW he is going to finance AND implement his agenda… I mean, it stands to reason that Andrew Gillum is going to take the first life boat as soon as his administration tanks.. I would just LOVE to read, hear, see ONE journalist ask Gillum THAT question AND challenge him when he waffles..

    I kinda hope Andrew Gillum gets elected.. I want to watch what happens when people realize their mistake when things tank bigly …

    Yeah… I know, I know … Trump.. DeSantis.. Trump… The one that is the most blind is the one that closes their mind… All one has to do is explain HOW Gillum is going to finance and implement his agenda…

    • Angela

      September 16, 2018 at 12:19 am

      You must be a fox watcher, otherwise you would know that Gillum was asked this question on multiple national tv shows including MSNBC The Beat, Cuomo on CNN, Welshi on MSNBC, and others. Here is his answer

  • Nordonia Nate

    September 16, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Angela… Thank you. I wanted to be certain SOMEONE actually heard the Gillum response.

    Raise corporate tax 2.25% to help pay the “cost”. Recognizing that Gillum stated it would not be nearly enough to cover the “cost”, Gillum stated he would have to find additional sources.

    As you were graciously enough to share this information, AND… It appears that you watched either some of the media shows where Gillum stated this, or not.. Curious what the “cost” would be?

    The 2.25% proposed tax increase would generate how much revenue that would be used to pay what % of the “cost”?

    As stated, Gillum would reach out to insurance companies to encourage them to lower costs. HOW? What could Gillum offer the insurance companies to voluntarily reduce costs? Especially since we do not know the actual amount the “cost” comes to for Gillum’s plan.

    The 2.25% tax increase on corporations was stated as minimal, not affecting the corporate bottom line. Can you explain HOW anyone came to that conclusion? Gillum proposes to increase corporate tax from 5% to 7.25% .. Almost a 50% tax increase. Stockholders will see a subsequent decrease by at least 2.25% if not more. What if the corps decide to eliminate workers to pay the higher tax? Can you guarantee THAT won’t happen? What if corps choose to pullback on expansion plans to pay tax increase? What if corps raise prices 2.25% to cover tax increases

    Can you explain HOW that works? ow, the insurance companies. The YouTube video you provided implied it would be in the best interest for the insurance companies to lower their prices because it will cause more people to buy their coverage. Can you explain HOW that works? Seriously. Insurance companies are already squeezing doctors and hospitals. When you consider the 700,000 that Gillum talks about, they are the ones with above average healthcare expenses that are already challenged to pay their bills. Essentially, Gillum is adding higher cost patients to an environment that is already burdened with increased expenses. HOW is THAT going to work?

    the video also mentioned “other” sources? For example?

    Angela. Once again, thank you for stepping up and providing us with a YouTube link that was clearly prepared by the Gillum for Governor campaign. Gillum has NEVER defined the total cost to his proposal. Gillum has stated it will be based upon a corporate tax increase that is not going to fully cover the cost. Gillum has stated that he will be negotiating with healthcare providers to lower their cost .. With no guarantee they will. Gillum has stated that the tax increase, and reduction in healthcare costs will not be enough and he will have to seek other means..

    Bernie Sanders is advocating universal healthcare a cost of $30 Trillion and Ocasio-Cortez stated that increasing the tax on ALL US corporations by 2% would be a start in financing it… That start would be less than 1% …

    Ya know, I do not know what media sources that you watch, maybe they were able to share the details? The video did not provide any. You appear engaged in this. Can you?

    Thank you.

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