Florida Chamber poll shows voters bullish on Florida, concerned for U.S.
The Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum.

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Most feel the nation has already entered a recession.

Floridians feel split about whether the Sunshine State is on the right track. But they feel more optimistic about Florida than the nation as a whole.

That’s according to the latest polling by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which found just 49% of likely Florida voters feel positive about the direction of the state, while 45% do not. But pollsters with Cherry Communications found seven of 10 voters don’t feel so hot about the direction for the United States.

“Every month The Florida Chamber Political Operations team closely analyzes ChamberHub, the Florida Chamber’s exclusive voter file, to understand trends in Florida’s electorate,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson.

“This new poll shows likely Florida voters are more confident in Florida than in the nation at this point of the election cycle, further stressing the importance of electing pro-jobs candidates to ensure the right things keep happening in Florida as we grow from the 15th to the 10th largest global economy by 2030.”

Notably, a majority of voters in seven of Florida’s 10 media markets were optimistic about the state’s trajectory. Three markets where residents feel otherwise are Miami-Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Tallahassee, the seat of state government.

As the November Midterms draw closer, Florida voters do hold concerns about inflation. About 67% say the food prices and rising costs are a major issue. That includes 79% of Republicans and 70% of no-party voters, though just 53% of Democratic voters feel the same.

Pollsters found 75% of Hispanic voters, who make up almost 18% of the vote in the state, feel concerned about inflation and food prices.

Pollsters also checked with voters on the debated topic of whether America has already entered a recession. About 64% of likely voters in Florida say yes, though 55% of Democrats do not feel that way.

Of note, Florida Chamber Chief Economist Dr. Ben Tabatabaei says the U.S. is officially facing a recession, but Florida’s economy continues to grow.

“While voters believe Florida is heading in the right direction, the headwinds out of Washington should serve as a warning sign to Democrats on the ballot this November,” a polling memo states.

Cherry Communications surveyed 608 voters between Aug. 4 and 15, and reports a 4% margin of error on results.

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]


  • Joe Corsin

    August 19, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Vote the hogs and shills for the super rich out of office. Republicans only go to Washington and vote to prop up the super rich. Money doesn’t trickle down people!! Get your heads out of your bung holes for Christ sakes!!! These hogs are gonna get us all killed!!!

    • MJ

      August 19, 2022 at 6:48 pm

      Agree. They’re only in politics for themselves And we’re NOT in a recession. If we were it would look more like 2009 and it doesn’t.

    • Aaron Bean Sucks

      August 21, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      That includes Aaron Bean – another clown who only cares about screwing everyone over for personal gain. The guy is the biggest slimeball I ever met. And I saw him hitting on some woman … isn’t he married????

  • Tom

    August 19, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Florida’s economy never been better.
    ThAnks all to America’s Gov!
    Chamber members know.

    • Elliott Offen

      August 19, 2022 at 10:44 am

      Florida survives on goodwill from the Federal government, old blue hairs retiring here, and people who come here on vacation to unwittingly support the hogs. In other words, grifter state.. would resemble Mississippi if not for the ocean and all the grifting.

  • Tom

    August 19, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    America’s Greatest Governor announced Florida’s 2.7% unemployment.
    Leads country 24 consecutive months in growth.

    You dumb Soros Manchurians.
    It’s the economy stupid!

    Florida freedom, liberty and Opportunity.
    Gov DeSantis, rising tide for all.

    • C

      August 19, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      It’s the sunshine, stupid. And the ocean. That’s why people move here.
      Florida is actually pretty bad at creating high paying jobs because conservatives have always focused on low costs here. It sucks for tech jobs compared to the rest of the coastal states.
      But the last 2 years have brought remote workers with out of state jobs to Florida, along with some new retirees flush with stock market money from Fed money printing.

      • Tom

        August 19, 2022 at 6:58 pm

        It’s the soros Manchurians stupid!
        How ignant are you? C ??

        America’s Greatest Governor kept business, schools opened. Fools like you and other Manchurians benefited but think you didn’t. Ingrates come to mind.

        Hence Florida’s 2.7% unemployment.
        Leads USA 24 consecutive months in growth. To be clear. Only cause he didn’t follow the fondler cuomos crazy ass policies.

        You dumb soros Manchurians.
        It’s always the economy stupid!

        Gov Ron the peeps Gov, rising tide for all.

        • Bill

          August 20, 2022 at 1:51 pm

          Yep … it’s all ronnies doing except that it really isn’t.

          “DFS reported that in the second quarter of 2020, the United States experienced 5.4% in gross domestic product growth, while Florida had a rate of 6.3%.

          Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis says “much of Florida’s wage growth is driven by people leaving their home states to move to Florida.”

          Migration to Florida contributed $23.7 billion to Florida’s adjusted gross income from 2019 to 2020.

          The report also states the total income of families moving to Florida is over $120,000 on average.”

    • MJ

      August 19, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      There should be an quick IQ test before people are allowed comment. So sick of you half wit conspiracy nuts yammering on and on about things that are patently untrue and frankly, just plain stupid.

      • Tom

        August 20, 2022 at 10:45 pm

        Bill, Florida’s employment is now 2.7%. DeSantis ensured Florida’s growth, he refused to follow cuomo and other blue state Govs.

        Quoting Patronis only affirms Govs brilliance. DeSantis saved Florida!
        America’s Gov.

    • Mr. Haney

      August 21, 2022 at 7:03 am

      Keep trying Ivan, you ain’t no American.

      • Tom

        August 21, 2022 at 4:02 pm

        Hey Haney, go fondle Arnold the pig!
        U full of manure.
        What don’t you get?
        DeSantis saved Florida moron!
        Facts are funny things!

  • Bend

    August 19, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Uneducated migrants 640 million
    A week and all paid expenses
    Working classes taxes…get no medical no retirement and no home

    • MJ

      August 19, 2022 at 6:53 pm

      Do you have a source for these nonsensical claims?

  • Lynn

    August 19, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    There are over 14 million voters in Florida. A voter sample of 607 for your survey is not very large. Was it written, electronic or other?

  • David In Shoreline

    August 20, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    America’s Governor keeps delivering for Florida. Thanks to Ron DeSantis it’s the most desirable state in the country, with better education, better infrastructure and better quality of life than states with twice the tax burden. Oh and did I mention FREEDOM!

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