Florida Chamber poll: Floridians say U.S. headed in ‘wrong direction,’ Biden to blame

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More than half of voters said Biden's economic policies have done more harm than good.

More than eight in 10 Florida voters say the United States is heading in the wrong direction according to a new survey commissioned by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The poll, conducted by Cherry Communications, didn’t find broad optimism about the state’s trajectory — just 47% said it was headed in the right direction — but they were decidedly more pessimistic about the country, with 77% saying they were down on the U.S.

One culprit identified by the poll: President Joe Biden’s economic policies.

More than half (55%) of respondents said Biden administration policies have done more harm than good compared to 31% who say the first-term President has improved the national economy.

At 91%, the anti-Biden sentiment was strongest among Florida Republicans. A third 34% of NPAs and a quarter of Hispanic voters agree. Additionally, about half of Florida voters (46%) say their financial situation is worse today than last year, while only 19% say they’re better off than last year.

Given the financial and economic gloom, it’s unsurprising that most Florida voters (65%) say Biden doesn’t deserve a second term. That includes nearly three-quarters (73%) of Hispanic voters, 60% of no-party voters, and even 34% of Democrats.

“Florida voters remain concerned about the direction of our country along with poor federal economic policies out of the Biden White House while being far more optimistic about Florida’s track,” Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson said.

The Chamber did tout some positive stats on the Florida economy: the state has created 19,600 jobs in the last month and 241,200 jobs in the past year; Florida’s 2.8% unemployment is better than other large states; and the Sunshine State’s rolling annual growth rate of 2.5% is also tops among large states.

Wilson added, “The fact is Florida remains a growth leader nationally in job creation and population migration, and as we conclude our annual ‘Future of Florida Forum,’ I remain convinced Florida is a stock worth buying with the Florida 2030 Blueprint serving as the map for continuing that momentum.”

The survey also asked voters about their top issues heading into the 2024 Election cycle. Republicans said immigration is their top concern, while men put property insurance at No. 1. Women and Democrats said education was their priority.

The polling comes as Republicans continue building a voter registration lead over Democrats — heading into October, the GOP’s advantage stood at 626,518, or 4%.

“Florida is changing. Our economics, our demographics, and as we see, our politics are changing as well,” said Florida Chamber Executive Vice President of Government and Political Relations Frank Walker. “What we have seen over the last two years with voter registration represents a tidal shift in Florida politics as we head into a consequential election year in 2024.”

The Florida Chamber poll was conducted Oct. 13-20 using live telephone interviews. The sample size included 236 Democrats, 266 Republicans, and 99 Others for a total of 601 respondents statewide. It has a margin of error of +/- 4%.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • James Wilson

    October 26, 2023 at 5:50 am

    The very definition of a push poll. Oversampled Republicans. No mention of the 80,000 killed by DeSantis’ Covid policies. Asking for “dissatisfaction” combines voters on the left and right, not centrists. Finally, the Chamber has been anti-worker, pro the rich and GOP since when? Forever?

    • Earl Pitts "America's Big Voice On The Right" American

      October 26, 2023 at 8:10 am

      For shame Dook 4 Brains James:
      Finally the truth slaps you in the face and what have you got? “Hi I’m Dook 4 Brains James, I hate everybody, here is a pack of fake over-sampleing lies”!!!
      Well sorry James but noboby is smelling what you are squeezing out.
      You are hereby issued a powerful and irrevocable chastizement from me, Earl Pitts American, Dook 4 Brains James.
      To the rest of you “regular” Dook 4 Brains Leftys:
      Prepare yourselves for 8 glorious years of Republican rule of our Great Nation !!!!!
      Oh and BTW we will be sending “James” over to HAMAS where they will promptly recgonise that hes “just a little too much of a “girley man” take him up to the roof of the highest building, tie him to a chair, and*****
      *****I, Earl Pitts American censured myself as there may be childern reading*****
      Thank you America,
      Earl Pitts “Should We Try To Rehabilate James …. Or Not?” American

  • Tom

    October 26, 2023 at 8:34 am

    “The survey also asked voters about their top issues heading into the 2024 Election cycle. Republicans said immigration is their top concern, while men put property insurance at No. 1. Women and Democrats said education was their priority.”

    Kind of interesting that these are all state issues. Our absentee governor is doing nothing about them so folks sit around and blame the feds. I guess that’s just a red state mentality.

  • Michael K

    October 26, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Are you talking about the 4.9% third-quarter economic growth just reported? I believe that’s well above expectations, and certainly above the 2.5% average under Trump.

    • SteveHC

      October 26, 2023 at 3:10 pm

      – CORRECT. People in FloriDUH sure can be dumb as doorknobs sometimes. Just because *Florida’s* cost of living – ENTIRELY under Republican rule, mind you – has skyrocketed while in the rest of the country the economy is rock solid, morons think it’s the fault of tge country’s President? Perhaps it was the structure of the poll, who knows, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that were NOT the case.

  • Cris Dosev

    October 26, 2023 at 11:42 am

    “If you were shocked by the moral lapses at the Super Bowl you ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” Johnson wrote. “Experts project that homosexual marriage is the dark harbinger of chaos and sexual anarchy that could doom even the strongest republic.”

    • Michael K

      October 26, 2023 at 12:38 pm

      The American Taliban. Yes, the sanctity of heterosexual “marriage” as practiced by the thrice-married, porn-star schtupping, twice-impeached, 91 count indicted former president is a model of moral eternal salvation.

  • Earl Pitts "America's BIG VOICE on The Right" American

    October 26, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Good mornting America,
    If the “Over 1/2 Disaporoval Of 8IDEN” got out of a poll …. any poll thats it – its over not just for 8IDEN but for ANY Democrat and/or Independant (sorry Kennedy along with ANY other Democrat LITE Independant).
    So who’s it gonna be:
    Trump or Desantis.
    Both of y’all should consider ramping up your security.
    Thank you America,

  • Earl Pitts "America's BIG VOICE on The Right" American

    October 26, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Good afternoon Patriots,
    Most likley the man behind the curtian, hey Barak, how ya doing, is preparing to throw 8IDEN overboard. The Earl Has Spoken.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

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