Poll finds Charlie Crist still leading Ron DeSantis, voters backing vax mandates

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Florida voters also strongly favor Joe Biden over the sitting Governor.

A polling outfit in the Pandhandle has consistently shown Democrat Charlie Crist leading Gov. Ron DeSantis in the Governor’s race. The latest results may indicate the reason why.

The latest survey from The Political Matrix/The Listener Group finds voters want local controls regarding pandemic response. It also shows people aren’t happy with Gov. Ron DeSantis as he supersedes local policymaking. It also shows voters happier with President Joe Biden than with DeSantis.

Of note, this poll has consistently registered strong support for Crist, and the latest polling is no different.  If an election were held today pitting Crist, a Tampa Congressman and former Governor, against the incumbent, he would take 55% of the vote to DeSantis’ 45%. The 10-percentage-point margin falls well outside the poll’s 3.1% margin of error.

This poll did not consider a DeSantis race against Nikki Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner and the other prominent Democrat in the race.

Pollsters collected responses Sept. 11-12, after Biden announced vaccine mandates for large companies and federal employees.

Respondents seem happier with the Biden’s actions on the pandemic than with DeSantis, and when asked who voters were more likely to support for President, Biden was the favorite by an almost identical 55% to 45% margin.

Asked about policy, 46% of voters felt “extremely favorable” about Biden’s mandate for companies with at least 100 employees to require employees to be vaccinated or regularly test negative for COVID-19. Some 63% feel favorable at some level compared to 35% who feel some level of unfavorable and 16% who feel “extremely unfavorable.”

Asked who should be calling the shots on restrictions, a plurality of voters, 38%, feel local governments should control and enforce mandates. But the federal government, at 28%, was the second choice of voters, and less than 17% want the state to direct policy.

Asked about a range of options on mandates for masks and vaccines, less than 3% support only mask mandates and another 3% support only vaccine mandates, while nearly 58% support both. Just over 35% say choices should be left to individuals.

Restrictions proved most popular among Democrats, with 69% extremely supportive of the mandates. But about 58% of independents registered a favorable opinion of mandates, as did 37% of Republicans.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • PeterH

    September 15, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Personally…. I will vote for the Easter bunny before I will vote for ANY FLORIDA REPUBLICAN.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 15, 2021 at 10:10 am

      So much for that “independent” talk yesterday. You would vote for Cuomo and Newsom as well.

      • PeterH

        September 15, 2021 at 11:28 am

        Along with hundreds of thousands of Republicans who have left the GQP…..I wholeheartedly support the philosophy of the Lincoln Project.

        There is no hope for today’s Republican Party of Trump. The party MUST face total annihilation before it can be rebuilt from the ground up. I became an independent voter shortly after the incompetent Reagan administration tripled the national debt to lower unemployment 1% point. …… not to mention the corruption that lead to 150 indictments and convictions.

        Independent voters reinstated Newsome and removed twice impeached Trump from office. Say thank you!

        • Alex

          September 15, 2021 at 11:38 am

          Thank you.

          • Tom

            September 15, 2021 at 6:27 pm

            Two ignorant hack haters!
            No clue, no facts, no hope.

        • Brian P

          September 15, 2021 at 9:26 pm

          The Lincoln Project? Seriously? That group was sexually harassing male interns! They are a bunch of Neocons that supported George W Bush’s invasion of Iraq. That’s who you support? Are you for real????
          You are wanting an authoritarian government and one-party rule. That’s not being an independent. That’s more like a communist.

          And sorry, but anyone who thinks Gavin Newsom is an independent is a clueless idiot! Newsom won for one reason….California is a liberal hellhole with a declining population, soaring cost of living, and cities infested with crime and homelessness. Just like New York. It’s why I got out of New York years ago. Everything you liberals touch turns to trash. And we are NOT going to allow you turn Florida into a socialist hellhole.

          • PeterH

            September 15, 2021 at 10:02 pm

            Whine on! One person on the committee….. and he was removed a year ago. The Lincoln Project’s ONLY POLITICAL OBJECTIVE is to destroy the Party of Trump!

    • Edward Lyle

      September 15, 2021 at 11:07 am

      Spoken/Posted like a true mindless lemming. Put down the bong and log off Fakebook, Twidiot, Instascam, and Sick Toc…

      … you’ll thank me later

    • Alex

      September 15, 2021 at 11:36 am


  • Alex S

    September 15, 2021 at 10:00 am

    I agree with Peter H. Watching our Harvard and Yale educated Governor stand there and allow some dumb dumb say the vaccine changes your RNA while Floridians die in droves of this virus sealed the deal. I will vote for anyone but him in the next election. He started off handling this crisis ok, and has just blown it. Holding back salaries for mask mandates? What kind of a sick threat is that?

    • Tom

      September 15, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, empty minded human you are.
      Ss if he can stop it or prevent it.
      Liberal media fallacy that anyone of us can prevent it.

      Btw, you have no idea what this vaccine msy do, period full stop
      You ignorant fool.
      Spoken like Dema a dolt!

      Go watch reruns of idiot Faucci.
      Please. U didn’t vote for America’s Governor first time.

      • gramma

        September 15, 2021 at 8:28 pm

        Fact: If everyone that could take the vaccine took it we would not be in the situation we are in now and would be out of the pandemic. It’s small minded people who listen to conspiracy theories and doubt science that has kept us in the pandemic and is killing children and the unvaccinated. You are in the minority and think your in the majority. Believe me, your group is shrinking, not because of enlightenment but because of Covid deaths… bye bye!

        • Brian P

          September 15, 2021 at 9:31 pm

          Incorrect. Countries with even more vaccinated populations than we have still have soaring case numbers and hospitalizations.

          These vaccines are near useless at stopping the spread of COVID. We could be 100% vaccinated population and COVID-19 would still be spreading, still creating variants.

          • PeterH

            September 15, 2021 at 10:04 pm

            Brian …. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Typical opinionated Trumpster know nothing.

  • Edward Lyle

    September 15, 2021 at 11:05 am

    The only polls worth a crap are the poles in strip clubs… and even that depends on who installed them. Polls produce what they’re paid to produce.

    If you truly believe that informed people prefer a Dementia Dolt and the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex chemical cocktail of sugar water and fertilizer runoff… then you’re naïve.

    • Ocean Joe

      September 15, 2021 at 11:16 am

      In the days just before the 2020 election, one of Trump’s favorite lines at his rallies, was “how am I losing to a guy like this” and “if I lose I’ll have to leave the country.” He had internal polls, and they were fairly accurate. Like his school grades and his tax returns he couldn’t bear to release them. No con wants his con exposed. So he kept layering on new falsehoods. 60 lawsuits later (many in front of judges he appointed), and a bunch of audits, and Mike Lindell, and the release of the Kraken, and Rudy’s hair dye dripping we still have nothing but lies and threats from a barking mad dog.

    • Kathy

      September 15, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      The key words here are “informed people” – yes, INFORMED people do prefer just about anyone over a lying, attention seeking, opportunistic politician who cares nothing about his constituents – except those MISINFORMED voters who believe what other people tell them and what they see on Facebook.

      • Tom

        September 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

        Yes key word here.
        Kathy is “misinformed” and a hater.

  • JoAnne Boggus

    September 15, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Ron DeSantis is a huge disappointment. His failure to lead regarding COVID has resulted is unnecessary deaths in Florida. He has allowed “party politics” to influence his actions and responses to this deadly virus. Fortunately, he will not survive politically and he will soon be in our rear view mirror.

    • Tom

      September 15, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      You are a bogus Dem a dolt.
      DeSantis is America’s Governor.
      You and your liberals are a fallacy when it comes prevention.

      No one can stop covid.
      Stop blaming Republicans
      DeSantis will win re election.

  • Professor Emeritus

    September 15, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    This is a list of the California counties with the current highest covid case loads on a per 100,000 basis . Every one with an X after it voted for the recall . This is very solid evidence of “clustering” in which anti vaxxers/anti maskers live in the same areas and infect one another. It is why Herd immunity is a fantasy
    and why states with high vaccination rates can still have a lot of covid. if they have distinct anti masker anti vax areas
    Lassen X
    Tehama ›X
    Shasta ›X
    Siskiyou ›X
    Del Norte ›X
    Glenn ›X
    Kings ›X
    Sierra ›X
    Mendocino ›
    Tuolumne ›X
    Merced ›
    Butte ›X
    Yuba ›X
    Tulare ›X
    Mariposa ›X
    Lake ›
    Kern ›X
    Plumas ›X
    Sutter ›X
    Madera ›X
    Stanislaus ›X

  • Gary

    September 22, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    The time has come to stop slinging insults. I know those of you who think DeSantis is a God believe that those who dislike him are lemmings, its not true. It’s not any truer than statements like California and New York are hell holes (they are not) I have lived in both states. Vaccines will kill you (they do not) have been vaccinated for more that 50 years, including Pfizer Covid), Lincoln Project members are pedophiles (they are not), states with highest vaccines have higher deaths (they do not per capita).
    What is true is that Trump supporters stormed our Capital, the unvaccinated are dying and killing people, Rascism is a huge problem in our country, abortion is legal in our country, deficits generally grow under GOP leadership and decline under democratic leadership, global warming is real (tell a Republican) Mitch McConnell will vote against anything Joe Biden puts in front of him even if it destroys the country.
    Also, I am an independent, an ex Republican. I don’t have Facebook. Instagram, Twitter or TikTok. I get my news from multiple sources, I have watched Fox, CNN, MSNBC and local news, I make up my own mind based on my own information, experiences and knowledge.
    The GQP is a danger to our Democracy and DeSantis and McConnell will laugh all the way to the bank when our country goes under. That’s a fact. MCConnell presides over one of the poorest states in our country and doesn’t care to make it better. DeSantis is taking a chapter out of the Trump manual and it will lead to his demise.
    Anyone that wants to dismiss my comments as liberal, lemming or ignorant is kidding themselves. Wake up, or did you just wake up?

    • PeterH

      September 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm

      Excellent post!

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