Poll: Jan. 6 hearing viewers aren’t fans of Ron DeSantis

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DeSantis is no fan of the hearings.

Ron DeSantis is one of the most talked-about Governors in the country, but when it comes to voters tuning in to the House Select Committee’s Jan. 6 hearings, which are on again today, a new poll says they are tuning out the Florida Republican.

A Yahoo/YouGov survey of 1,541 adults conducted from June 10 to June 13 showed more than three out of five Americans who watched those explorations of the insurrection were down on DeSantis.

A full 61% of those surveyed regarded the Governor unfavorably, with just one in four respondents who have been watching those hearings (25%) in favor of the Governor.

Interestingly, the Governor regards the hearings every bit as unfavorably as that block of viewers does DeSantis. Earlier this month, he offered a review of the Democratic inquiry as beating a “dead horse.”

“Why aren’t they doing hearings about more energy? Why aren’t they doing hearings about inflation? Why are they constantly beating this dead horse?” DeSantis harangued on June 15 in Madeira Beach.

“Yes, we understand that, that was a year and a half ago,” DeSantis added, blaming the “bubble” of the “D.C./New York media” for focusing on the riots that waylaid certification of the Presidential Election.

“They’re showing that they don’t care what you’re going through at the gas pump, they don’t care what you’re going through at the grocery store or all these other things that have skyrocketed since (Joe) Biden took office,” DeSantis continued. “They’re trying to divert attention away from that and focus on other things that they think will help mobilize their voter base.”

DeSantis has consistently contended that scrutiny of the events of Jan. 6 — when a mob agitated by former President Donald Trump’s false argument that the Presidential Election was stolen from him — has been overblown and is of no interest to Floridians.

“This is their Christmas,” he said of the media and Democrats at a January 2022 news conference in West Palm Beach, when asked about the anniversary of the riot.

“It’s not something that I’ve been concerned about in my job, because quite frankly it’s not something that most Floridians are concerned about,” he told reporters.

DeSantis won’t describe the Capitol riot as an “insurrection.” But he didn’t hesitate to use the word in a recent diss of protesters at the Supreme Court.

There’s good news in the poll, however, for DeSantis backers. The Governor is well above water with those not tuning in to the committee’s deliberations, with 36% approval versus 23% disapproval.

A.G. Gancarski

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


6 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    June 20, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    The Yahoo sample size was probably made up entirely by the 30 percenters. Those that still think, unbelievably so, that Joe Biden is doing a good job. Yellow Dog Democrats. Beyond help.

    Reply

  • PeterH

    June 20, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    22% of today’s Republican Party believe that Donald Trump committed criminal acts connected to his attempted coup on January 6th. It’s time to put Trumpsters in the rear view mirror.

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    • Tom

      June 20, 2022 at 8:16 pm

      It’s about 5 people total including you peter h. Just a nothing article as always.

      The viewership overall is abysmal.
      FP, peter h, Rick Wilson, Lez Cheney, Kinzinger and some other RINOS think this matters to people more than Biden/Harris incompetence.

      Record Inflation, record gas and food prices and so on. Biden destroyed the economy. You have a massive wipe out coming in November. Texas 34, new cong Flores win is a very bad omen. Enjoy! 20 to 50 house seats flip.

      Reply

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  • Polly Ticklenoos

    June 23, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    “. . .blaming the “bubble” of the “D.C./New York media” for focusing on the riots that waylaid certification of the Presidential Election.”
    Gov. Ron is right again. Even the media who live in that bubble are admitting it. Here is a headline from a recent edition of “The Hill,”–hardly a conservative sheet:
    “The media bubble is real: Study shows massive disconnect between journalists, public ”
    Sometimes, even the people who live in the bubble summon the courage to admit that they live in the bubble. At the risk of being banned, let me say that maybe it is time to extend that perceived “D.C./New York” media bubble to include a certain city situated south of Pinellas Park. It would be a favor to help us all understand the real world of today’s political journalism.

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  • Edward Lyle

    June 26, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    The only insurrection I’m aware of happened on Election Day 2020. Let me know when they get around to prosecuting Ashli’s murderer… until then; pound sand you criminal lunatics.

    Reply

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