Poll: Ron DeSantis among least popular Governors in America

DeSantis NBD Iowa
The numbers suggest DeSantis has also been a drag on Gov. Reynolds of Iowa.

The latest Morning Consult survey shows the polarizing Ron DeSantis as one of the 10 least liked Governors in the United States.

The results also suggest that proximity to the Florida Governor hasn’t helped Iowa’s chief executive either.

DeSantis (and every other Governor polled here) is above water in their state, but the devil is in the details. While a slim majority of respondents (51%) approve of DeSantis, that’s balanced against 45% disapproval.

While other Republican Governors such as Vermont’s Phil Scott (83% approval, 14% disapproval) and New Hampshire’s Chris Sununu (67% approval, 25% disapproval) are resoundingly popular, DeSantis has the tenth lowest approval rating of any state leader surveyed, tied with New York Democrat Kathy Hochul.

When unfavorable ratings are factored in to determine a net approval rating, DeSantis does even worse. Overall, only six Governors are closer to being underwater than him, and only two of them are Republicans.

One of them, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, is currently facing a competitive General Election challenge against Democrat Brandon Presley. Reeves has 46% approval against 44% disapproval.

The other one is Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, who has been courted by Team DeSantis as a potential endorser in the state’s pivotal caucuses in January.

Morning Consult claims Reynolds “is America’s most unpopular governor, with a 47% disapproval rating, up from 39% in the first quarter of 2023. Her unpopularity increased partly because of a surge in negative sentiment among independent and Republican voters during a year in which she signed a strict anti-abortion law and took a lashing from former President Donald Trump over her apparent closeness with Gov. Ron DeSantis.”

As recently as last week, DeSantis was talking up the Iowa chief executive.

“Obviously, I would love to have her support, formal support. I think it would be very, very meaningful. I think what she’s been able to do in Iowa has really been a model for how people should govern,” DeSantis said, before offering familiar ruminations about how “happy” Iowans tell him they are with her approach to leading the state.

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


  • PeterH

    November 1, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Absolutely no surprise here! DeSantis has been on the Presidential campaign trail for three an a half years explaining his disgraceful, disgusting hateful policies around the globe!

    What exactly is there to like about him?

  • My Take

    November 1, 2023 at 9:47 am

    A two-bit, a puffed-up blowhard, à daily prattler and panderer.
    And look at who supports him.
    What’s to like?

  • Earl Pitts "Earl's Cooler Than You" American

    November 1, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Good mornting America,
    The 2 Dook 4 Brains Lefty comments above are going to make the next 8 years of Ron Desantis in The White House all the more sweeter.
    At least y’all lefties quit talking about your un-natural homertestical obsession with Desantis “Johnson” after i, Earl Pitts American, told y’all yesterday that all that was just weird. And not “Way Cool” like when I, Earl Pitts American, tell y’all to “Relax Your Sphincters”.
    OH & BTW:
    That polling business MORNING CONSULT is a total Dook 4 Brains Leftist organization and their FAKE RESULTS should be totally dismissed as leftist propaganda.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 1, 2023 at 8:53 pm


    • Miriam Groleau

      November 2, 2023 at 7:51 am

      Governor DeSantis’ policies have been divisive, hateful and retributive. He is both nasty and whiney, punishing, whomever gets in his way, which includes one of the state’s largest employers for exercising their First Amendment Rights of Free Speech. A NOTE to corporations and rich donors who chose to support him. He will turn on you if you blink the wrong way. He hid Covid deaths and infection rates from the people of the state by refusing to release the numbers, he strong-armed legislators into passing a law to hide both his travel expenses and whereabouts, and has taken billions from the building development industry to assure that Florida is completely paved over into a concrete jungle. He has also torn away the rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies, and has instructed the state’s attorney general to claw back the ability to vote on this through referendum. He has taken power away from local municipalities, making it impossible for them to control growth or make decisions that make sense for their local area. Basically, he is the lone decision-maker and Fascist leader of the State of Florida.

    • Victor the Crab

      November 3, 2023 at 10:05 am

      You don’t read good, do ya?

  • Michael K

    November 1, 2023 at 10:13 am

    To know him is to dislike him even more – not just for his cold and callous “personality,” but mostly for his petty, vindictive, and divisive “policies” that only serve his personal political ambitions. His lies and attacks on people and institutions have earned him the mistrust and disdain of people who know better.

  • nail

    November 1, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Now tell Florida what we didn’t know about DeSantis.
    The important things that FL voters need to know.
    Delve into those new lifts and boots! How high are those lifts? He walks like Twinkletoes walking to the Magic Kingdom…has he not practiced enough?
    Has the queen of Walmart couture suggested that he get new suits because his pants are now 5″ to short, useless this was a purposeful move to show off his new walk..
    Was boot-gate reflected in his popularity?

  • rbruce

    November 1, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Surprised Gov DeSantis isn’t more hated. This poll supports the wisdom of our Founding Fathers in creating a Constitutional Republic instead of a Democracy. The thoughts of non-voters are meaningless.

    • Michael K

      November 1, 2023 at 11:15 am

      Thoughts of “non-voters” are not “meaningless.” Young people who are not old enough to vote are important constituents. And disenfranchisement has historically left many people out of the process altogether (like women), and efforts to suppress voting continue today. To put a finer point on it – we have a federal constitutional republic and a representative democracy.

  • William Burns

    November 1, 2023 at 11:43 am

    People hate it when they elect someone governor and he spends all his time running for President. True across parties.

    • pete

      November 1, 2023 at 1:05 pm

      people also hate it when their governor chastises their state’s largest revenue creator, and a national icon…because he needed to pick a fight to tell america’s right how tough he is on ‘woeness”…

  • Joe

    November 1, 2023 at 11:49 am

    HA ha!

  • Randy Lilly

    November 1, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Polls mean nothing. Unless you poll every registered voter in Florida, the numbers will be what the pollster wants it to be. They stop after getting the numbers they want and make a story.

    • SteveHC

      November 1, 2023 at 5:20 pm

      The guy’s “popularity” is at the bottom of most people’s toilet bowl. Every single poll in the US is in agreement. He’s just wasting donors’ money having fun flying around from one place to another doing everything BUT being governor of Florida. Maybe it’s his idea of vacation time, who knows…

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 1, 2023 at 5:39 pm

      The poll that counts the most is the election. There are over a million former felons in Florida that Ron the Constitutional Decider worked to keep from voting. And, law enforcement stands behind Dee: Six armed officers served an arrest warrant at 3 AM on a former felon who believed she was okay to vote again. (Her case has been thrown out by an SA who will be hearing from Dee shortly.)

      Correct me if I am wrong, but none of these sensational voting arrests has resulted in any jail time — including the four white GOP voters in the Villages who were not former felons but did vote in two states or vote for dead family members.

    • True Floridian

      November 1, 2023 at 7:48 pm

      That’s not how the math of statistics works. Stay willfully ignorant, though. You wouldn’t want any “woke” equations interrupting your wank.

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 1, 2023 at 8:57 pm

      so are you saying that desantis is popular when the majority can’t stand him. or are you saying because people can’t stand him, he’s popular

  • Janis L

    November 1, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    I can’t stop laughing at the buffoon! I agree with the Frank comments here revealing all the myriad flaws Ron has! He is so out of touch with reality. Haley has proven herself competent to govern and act as ambassador to the U.N., and has not stirred up controversy every day she’s been in the race! Thus she is moving up in the polls!

  • SteveHC

    November 1, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    “America’s Governor” LOL! – What a joke of a PR con job that was.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 1, 2023 at 5:44 pm

      It’s possible that Tate Reeves is worse than Dee, but Tater has less $$$$ to work with, partially because he has allowed friends like Brett Favre to siphon off funds for his daughter’s college volleyball facility that were supposed to be spent on children.

      • MH/Duuuval

        November 3, 2023 at 5:25 pm

        The author Marilynne Robinson, author of many well-received books about Christian characters seeking their way in contemporary times, has emerged late in her writing career as a formidable political analyst. She has a shocking piece in the current NYRB on her state’s governor Kim Reynolds. Reynolds is Ron DeSantis’ political twin. Reynolds has one-upped Dee in one respect: Iowa now has unlicensed open AND concealed carry!

  • JD

    November 1, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    The state of Florida is waking up to a bunch of the GOP grift, but it’s too late. The state coffers have already been fleeced, and more so than in previous administrations.

    The only good thing is the billionaire class got stiffed on some of the DickSantis campaign contributions.

    To quote Forest Gump’s Momma: “Stupid is as Stupid Does”.

    “It’s not the heat – it’s the stupidity”

  • Claire

    November 1, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    I think everyone on this comment thread is overlooking the fact that Ron DeSantis is finally near the top of a National poll.

  • Rick Whitaker

    November 1, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    all of the governors that refused the obamacare money are negligent and responsible for unnecessary suffering.

  • Trevor Morris

    November 1, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    Gov. DiSaster has worked very hard to destroy the State of Florida and its people. He has brought us an insurance crisis that has the highest homeowners insurance premiums in the country if you can get any at all. Also, we have had the highest increases in auto insurance premiums for the past two years in a row. Little Ronnie and the crooks in the Florida Legislature decided to give, just hand over $4 billion to the same insurance companies with no ask at all. They took our tax dollars and raised our rates anyway or just left the state. Gov. Distater has destroyed our entire education system. He took the State’s premier college, New College, down 24 places in the national college ranking. All of our universities are in free fall, with professors and students bailing out in droves. Meanwhile, DiSaster has been busy appointing unqualified grifters to run most of the state’s institutions and they are stealing from us as fast as they can. He has banned Shakespeare and many great books from our schools and poured state education dollars into religious schools and rich parents to send their kids to Disney and buy them boats. He would have been arrested long ago if Florida Law enforcement wasn’t equally corrupt.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 3, 2023 at 5:27 pm

      There will be a lot of kekkid homeowners next hurricane season without flood insurance..

      • MH/Duuuval

        November 3, 2023 at 5:28 pm

        NEKKID homeowners, including me

  • Lee Roller

    November 2, 2023 at 8:56 am

    To be fair this is only because DeSantis is a disingenuous, megalomaniacal, lying piece of filth.

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