Ron DeSantis holds double-digit lead over any Democrat competitor in latest Florida Chamber poll
After a legal setback, Ron DeSantis remains undeterred.

Ron DeSantis
Nikki Fried comes closest among Democrats running, but trails the incumbent by 10 points.

Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a more than 10-percentage-point edge on any potential challenger in 2022. That’s according to a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll pitting the Republican against the three major Democrats in the race.

The poll, conducted by Cherry Communications between March 18 and 28, showed Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried faring best against the incumbent. However, the survey still puts the Republican in a strong position to win a second term.

The Chamber notably did not release full results, so it’s unclear if DeSantis polled above 50%. But pollsters say he would hold a 10-percentage-point lead over Fried if the race were between the Governor and Florida’s only Democrat holding statewide office.

Notably, DeSantis boasts the support of 54% of voters with no party affiliation, a critical bloc in the swing state. A sizable chunk, about 88%, of Republicans support the Governor.

Pollsters found similar results pitching a head-to-head matchup between DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. There, the incumbent holds a slightly greater lead of 11 percentage points. That comes in part from the fact that 56% of no party affiliation voters going to DeSantis if the alternative is Crist. A similar 88% of GOP voters stick with the incumbent.

But the poll found DeSantis with a similar 16-percentage-point edge among independent voters, even if the ultimate level of support was higher in that demographic against Crist than Fried.

Against state Sen. Annette Taddeo, a Miami Democrat, DeSantis performs the best. There, he comes out on top with a 15-percentage-point edge on the state lawmaker. He ends up with 89% support from his Republican base when faced with Taddeo, with 55% of NPA voters siding with the incumbent. DeSantis’ lead among independents against Taddeo widens to 19 percentage points.

The results include responses from 605 individuals reached by phone statewide. Pollsters reported a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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].


  • martin

    April 1, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Alright dem’s…start weeping now!

    • Get on the stairs

      April 1, 2022 at 2:48 pm

      Your entire party is like 80.
      What am I supposed to weep about? That in five years half of you are gone go see Republican Jesus? Lol

      • Can’t get past him

        April 1, 2022 at 3:44 pm

        Republicans: this is not fair! What did I do wrong?
        “Heavenly list falls out for miles”
        Republicans: alright I get it!

      • Zhombre

        April 1, 2022 at 4:02 pm

        Idiot. Biden, Pelosi and the Dem leadership aren’t exactly Younger Than Springtime. Take some brain boost.

        • What about it

          April 1, 2022 at 5:16 pm

          I don’t care about that old money or what happens to her or her party

          I got republicans carrying guns everywhere and aggressively enforcing a culture war with more and more targets.

          Ask what’s more pressing to me

        • No more hope

          April 3, 2022 at 6:18 pm

          Age will wash yours away like sand and bury them where even they cannot scream

  • Claudia

    April 1, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    There’ll never be another man as great as Ron DeSantis. He’s the most truthful Governor and it’s eating the Dems alive. He works “for” the people and we love him. I wish I still lived in Florida and has him as my Governor and could feel safe again under his leadership.

    • Out of state backer

      April 1, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      “I wish I still lived in Florida”

      Like anyone not affected by a Republican they watch

  • Don’t Look Up

    April 1, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    What could be worse????

    Ron DeSantis elected a second term or Alaska’s Caribou Barbie winning a seat in Congress?

  • Old Alaska Barbie

    April 2, 2022 at 6:55 am

    I thought old caribou quit being governor early the first time and then Quit her reality tv show after everyone stopped caring if a bear ate her?

  • Tom

    April 2, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Another week of America’s Governor wiping the floor with all the haters, and the 5% Manchurian nation. Things are more abysmal for you all.

    POTUS Joe continues free, falling collapse, giggles, giggling always. Psaki bombs out to msndc. Oh yeah Hunters unlimited corrupt monies being exposed from China and Russia.
    Amazing how the big “guy” got a percentage of the take.

    America’s Governor 10 plus pts ahead of n. fraud and Camillion crisp. Disney crapping pants, 52% of Dems support America’s Gov on K-3 education act. Disney really stepping in the Winnie the Pooh dump.

    Florida’s economic revival, 3.2% employment -jobs, return to pre pandemic level. Opportunity for all.

    America’s Gov leads on jobs for all Floridians.
    Leads on kids education opportunities, public school scholarships, parental rights, and educators pay increase.
    Leads on law enforcement, safe streets, opportunity for new recruits.

    Due for America, what you have done for Florida.

    • That

      April 2, 2022 at 4:32 pm

      Too bad he let covid kill all his voters lol

  • The.Truth.Comes.Out.In.The.End

    April 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    … and when the primary is over and there is only one democratic candidate….? Gov. D-. may not do so well (do the math 2 ways not 3). He won by the skin of his teeth the last time. Republicans shouldn’t see this as a sure thing.

  • Tom

    April 3, 2022 at 9:08 am

    It is over you fool.

    Hardly, on the deaths. Biden and Fauci more you pud!

    America’s Governor the best!
    Do for America what you have done for Florida.

    • FP Monitor

      April 3, 2022 at 9:17 am

      It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant uneducated Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Tom is all about personal attacks and lying. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

      • Tom

        April 4, 2022 at 4:13 pm

        Hardly, FP Soros monitor.
        Make me the legend of all times.

        This will shock and amaze you.
        I will defeat Joe Frazier!

    • Every last

      April 3, 2022 at 6:19 pm

      “It’s over you fool”

      Unto the last of you Republican will it be over

  • Zhombre

    April 3, 2022 at 10:20 am

    FP Monitor is a self appointed Karen and all around schmuck. Tom is no worse than the nasty lefty cicadas that chitter here. Take a hike, FPM

    • Tom

      April 3, 2022 at 11:04 pm

      ZHombre Thanks, I do though offer more compared to the nasty left cicadas. LOL

  • Tinesley

    April 3, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    ” Republicans shouldn’t see this as a sure thing.: Sure we do. The educated citizens of our Great State realize what a fantastic job he is doing. Dems have nothing to offer, except complaints……waaaaa..waaaaaa. waaaaa.

    • Tom

      April 4, 2022 at 6:28 am

      Tinesley, Couldn’t agree more.
      Play to win, as America’s Governor, will run through the finish line.
      Dems are clueless, Repub. enjoy over 100,000 in voter registration. 3.2% unemployment, lowest jobs in Florida pre pandemic. Floridians benefit from America’s Governor economic policies. Gov Ron is for all Floridians. Rising tide lifts all boats, working class, middle class, blue collar, all Floridians benefit.

      America’s Gov the best!

      • Down

        April 4, 2022 at 1:12 pm

        “100 000 in voter registration”

        Covid: and dropping

  • Tom

    April 4, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Hardly, mental moron but dilute your thinking.
    You will just cry harder, longer election night.
    Fauci, Biden more Covid.
    Fahd monikers make you stupid.
    100,000 new makes it a bigger win!
    America’s Governor wins!

    • FP Monitor

      April 4, 2022 at 3:49 pm

      It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant uneducated Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. He’s getting more ignorant with each personal attack! Tom is all about personal attacks and lying. Tom will never allow truthful facts get in the way of his continuous fake news story line! Tom makes stuff up as he types. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

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