Poll: 2/3 of Black Americans have ruled out backing Ron DeSantis for President
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 5/5/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference after the 2023 legislative session concluded, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

The Governor is currently feuding with the NAACP, suggesting this number won't improve.

A supermajority of Black Americans are rejecting Ron DeSantis’ Florida Blueprint.

That’s one takeaway from a new Washington Post-Ipsos poll, in which 67% of Black voters are already saying no way to a DeSantis candidacy.

The poll of 1,225 non-Hispanic Black voters was taken before the Florida Governor formally launched his bid for the White House this week.

While DeSantis is better positioned with Black voters than former President Donald Trump, with 78% saying they wouldn’t consider supporting Trump against President Joe Biden, the Governor does much worse with that demographic than other Republican candidates.

The survey finds 57% of Black voters wouldn’t consider U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, and 58% rule out former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The polling results come amid a travel advisory concerning DeSantis’ Florida from the NAACP.

“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,” the advisory reads.

“Under the leadership of Gov. DeSantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon,” asserted NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson.

DeSantis has rejected this framing, including during his Twitter Space campaign kickoff with South African billionaire Elon Musk, who he has called an “African American” in the past.

“Claiming that Florida is unsafe is a total farce. I mean, are you kidding me? You look at cities around this country, they are awash with crime. In Florida, our crime rate is at a 50-year low. You look at the top 25 cities for crime in America — Florida does not have a single one among the top 25,” DeSantis said.

“If you look at cities like Baltimore and Chicago, you got kids more likely to get shot than to receive a first-class education, yet I don’t see the NAACP batting an eye about all the outrage and the carnage that’s happening in those areas. So this is a political stunt.”

For what it’s worth, Black voters are not especially enthusiastic about President Biden. While 2/3 approve of his performance in office, 49% of those polled say the Biden presidency has made no difference in their lives.

While Biden isn’t exciting Black voters, the polling suggests DeSantis and other Republicans are repellent to that traditional Democratic constituency.

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 26, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Ron is the guy that set the very trap that sprung slap back onto his three fingers when his Moms for Liberty OathKeeper Proud Boys Girl acolyte had the Inaugural poem banned. Ron is too much of a doofus. He falls for every trap, no matter who set it, even if it was Rhonda himself.

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 26, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Good aftetnoon America,
    This head fake by our beloved Black Americans in their answers to the polling was all too well known in advance by Ron and I, Earl Pitts American.
    Due to almost 4 decades of Democratic Party ownership of Black Americans by handing out little tokens to them, the polling response is somewhat semi-automatic.
    However, and here is the kicker, due to 8iden’s epic fail Black Americans have already emancipated themselves from the Democratic Plantation and will all be voting Republican from this point forward.
    As proof of my, Earl Pitts American’s, rightous words of truth, I, Earl Pitts American, offer up the true words that Black American’s all know the pollsters are dook 4 brains leftists and will dox them if they tell the pollsters the truth which is that they all are voting Republican.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

      May 27, 2023 at 10:07 pm

      Earl Pitts is a Pedophile, and he belongs on Florida’s Death Row.
      Every day he’s allowed to breath free air and post his nonsense here is another day your children are in danger.

      Designation:Sexual Offender
      Status:Released – Subject to Registration
      Dept of Corrections #:V38476

      Lewd, Lascivious batt sex w/victim 12-15 years old; F.S. 800.04(4)(a)

  • Gaysey De

    May 26, 2023 at 2:43 pm


    • We Aint That Way

      May 26, 2023 at 4:34 pm

      Can you all please stop chiming in on things that pertain to Black people? Most of us have traditional family values and resent you all trying to make Black people a part of your way of life. Go away.

  • Michael K

    May 26, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    Ron has done so much to Black people! He’s made ir more difficult for them to vote for their own good. He is erasing Black history for them, not for the comfort of White people. How dare Black people be so ungrateful after all he’s done to them.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 26, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Rhonda had his government register people who were ineligible to vote, and when they voted, Rhonda had his government arrest them for voting. Is it coincidence every last of these people was as black as the blob on Twitter TV during Rhonda’s campaign laugh? NOPE. Rhonda won’t make it out Florida. He and Casey guaranteed it.

  • PeterH

    May 26, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    In 2024 Biden won by 8 million votes. If DeSantis or Trump win the Republican nomination Biden will win by over 15 million votes.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 27, 2023 at 10:35 am

      Biden’s margin of victory remains to be seen. Biden is effective but uninspiring. People may not be feeling inspired enough to go wait 3+ hours to vote in center or left leaning voting precincts where the Secretary of State is a GOP and can “consolidate” precincts, closing precincts in poor liberals areas, funneling those voters to affluent liberal precincts where it’s all a big surprise to the affluent folks who would have had the means to fight it had there been any notification laws in place regarding changes AFFECTING your precinct, not just notification about a change of your precinct location.

      • PeterH

        May 27, 2023 at 1:31 pm

        Good points!

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