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.