After 100 days, Joe Biden’s approval rating is treading water in Florida, trailing national numbers
Joe Biden has done a lot as President. Getting a check up is not one of them. Image via AP.

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Nearly 60% of Floridians do approve of Biden's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, however.

A new survey shows President Joe Biden is just about breaking even in popularity among Sunshine State voters.

The poll, courtesy of the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI), puts Biden’s approval rating at 45%, with 43% of Floridians disapproving of the President’s first quarter-plus in office. The remaining 13% were undecided.

That +2 approval rating is within the survey’s margin of error of 3.2 percentage points. It also trails Biden’s national numbers. FiveThirtyEight’s approval rating tracker, which weights polls based on their reliability, puts Biden at a +13 rating, with 53% of Americans approving and 40% disapproving.

While Biden’s overall numbers still run ahead of former President Donald Trump’s historic lows, the polarized political climate seems to be putting a cap on just how high a President’s approval ratings can go. That’s true nationally and here in Florida.

“The state continues to be sharply divided with only 13% of Trump voters and 18% of Republicans overall approving of President Biden’s performance in his first 100 days,” said Kevin Wagner, a professor of political science at FAU and a BEPI research fellow.

“Younger voters were far more likely to approve of President Biden,” Wagner added.

Younger voters also trend more Democratic than the overall voting population. But although Floridians are failing to flock to Biden in overwhelming numbers, Biden’s COVID-19 policies are more popular than the man himself.

The FAU BEPI survey found 57% of voters approved of Biden’s overall response to the pandemic. The same number — 57% — gave a thumbs-up to the recent stimulus package approved by the Democratically controlled Congress and pushed by the President.

On the flip side, the same number of Floridians once again — 57% — say they are “dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time.” It’s unclear how much the response to that question was a commentary on the pandemic, the current political atmosphere, or Biden himself. But Monica Escaleras, director of FAU BEPI in the College of Business, says it could present a challenge to the President.

“After the pandemic ends, it’s going to be interesting to see what policies Biden puts in place to maintain his approval rating because a majority of respondents are dissatisfied with the way things are going,” Escaleras said.

Majorities do see safe haven in Florida, however. Asked whether the American dream is “easier or harder to achieve in Florida than elsewhere in the U.S.,” 74% of Republicans said it’s easier, as did 52% of Democrats.

“It’s encouraging to see both parties coming together on that issue,” Escaleras added.

The poll also probed Floridians’ feelings on a controversial election reform bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday morning. Respondents were asked, “In thinking about voting in the United States, which concerns you more?”

A plurality of 36% said, “Making sure that everyone who wants to vote can do so.” Just 26% said, “Making sure that no one votes who is not eligible to vote. Another 33% said “both,” while the remainder were either unsure or answered “neither.”

The survey was conducted from April 30-May 2 and sampled 893 registered voters in Florida.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


2 comments

  • kennethmccarver

    May 8, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Patriots……
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    NBA/WNBA, MLB, Modelo Beer, Pacifico Beer, Sonic, Corona Beer, Wendy’s, US Bank, Coca-Cola products, State Farm Insurance, The General Insurance, Nerdwallet, Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Best Buy, Wayfair, Kohls, Cigna, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Microsoft, Home Depot, Vivint, Verizon, New York Times, Washington Post, All late night comedy shows, USA today, ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, TNT, TBS, TLC, PBS, OWN, Oxygen, Discovery Channel, Discovery Plus, Bloomberg, Facebook, Twitter.

    Pass this on.

  • Charlotte Parker

    May 10, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I’ll be sure to patronize any business that supports OUR PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

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