Gov, Ron DeSantis heads into the second Legislative Session of his term with solid approval ratings.
Polling from the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative shows DeSantis with a positive rating.
About 48% of voters approve of the Republican’s job in his first year as Governor, while only 28% disapprove. Another 25% reported holding no opinion.
That’s not the same sky-high ratings DeSantis enjoyed last March as the first Legislative Session of his term was beginning. Then, the same FAU BEPI survey found 54% approval for DeSantis and 19% disapproval.
But the +20 rating still shows the Governor enjoying far more open support than dissent.
By comparison, 45% of voters right now approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance and 43% disapprove, FAU pollsters say.
The poll was conducted from Jan 9 through 12, and surveyed 1,285 registered Florida voters. Pollsters report a margin of error of 2.6%.
DeSantis on Tuesday gave his second State of the State address, where he extolled Florida’s “Season of Opportunity.”
But he heads into this Session with a high likelihood lawmakers within his own party will resist parts of his agenda.
But the Governor has continued to push a number of public agenda items popular across party lines. Most notably, he’s made water quality protection and restoration a key priority, an issue for which he has consistently been praised by both Republicans and Democrats.
DeSantis’ popularity has remained high with a number of polling outlets, and he’s recently emerged in national polling as a contender for President in the 2024 election cycle. The same polling showed support among national Republicans for runs by U.S Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.