Poll: Matt Gaetz underwater with Republicans, Donald Trump voters

The Congressman has lost ground since a poll earlier this month.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has enjoyed national publicity in the wake of the successful removal of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, but new polling says it’s come at a political cost, suggesting he will pay a political cost for his move against the former GOP leader.

The Economist/YouGov Poll conducted between Oct. 21 and Oct. 24 shows the Panhandle Republican at -27 net (18% view favorably, 45% unfavorably) overall. And that’s not just a partisan read: The Congressman has a net negative rating even among GOP partisans and backers of former President Donald Trump.

Among Republicans, Gaetz is at 28% approval against 33% disapproval, with the rest of the respondents noncommittal. A full 19% of GOP registrants polled regard the Congressman in a “very unfavorable” manner.

Among those respondents who backed Trump in 2020, the story is much the same, with 32% holding a favorable opinion of Gaetz, 34% regarding him unfavorably, and 34% not knowing how they feel about him.

Conservatives are also unimpressed. While 32% have a favorable impression of the Congressman, 33% have an unfavorable opinion. Another 36% simply don’t know.

These results represent a steep drop from a poll from the same outfit from Oct. 14 through Oct. 17.

Gaetz then had 41% favorability and 28% unfavorability among Trump 2020 voters, 37% approval and 28% disapproval among Republicans, and 39% favorability and 27% unfavorability among self-identified conservatives.

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


  • Michael K

    October 25, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Gaetz is just a feckless, self-absorbed clown with no serious accomplishments or direction who has done nothing but grandstand, and throw bombs.

    Someone, please add up the cost of this latest little stunt.

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 26, 2023 at 10:53 am

    “If you don’t think that moving from Kevin McCarthy to MAGA Mike Johnson shows the ascendance of this movement and where the power in the Republican Party truly lies, then you’re not paying attention,” Gaetz said on Steve Bannon’s show.

    “MAGA Mike” succeeds “my Kevin.” I suppose it was predetermined that Trump should make the final call.

  • Rachel Goldberg

    October 26, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    He’s an Israeli-controlled stooge like all the rest. He’s Israel first, not America First.

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 26, 2023 at 9:09 pm

      AIPACs lobbyists and money made believers of most members of Congress decades ago. Matt, however, wants to cut off military assistance to Ukraine, which puts him in the Putin-loving camp headed by Trump.

      • My Take

        November 2, 2023 at 12:13 pm

        The US Congress Israeli-occupied territory” — rightwinger Pat Buchanan.

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