New poll shows Palestine more popular than Ron DeSantis nationally

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Nearly as many people strongly disapprove of the Governor as those who have any sort of negative feelings toward Palestinians.

New polling from NBC News shows Florida’s Governor at a nadir of popularity nationally, with Palestine with a slightly higher net favorable rating than Ron DeSantis has.

While Palestine has a lower favorable rating than the Republican presidential candidate, with 20% approval versus 27% for DeSantis, his unfavorable rating is what really tips the scales.

While 47% of respondents disapprove of DeSantis, only 38% disapprove of Palestine in the survey conducted by Hart Research Associates and Public Opinion Strategies, the latter of which has previously done polling for DeSantis’ political machine in the 2024 cycle.

In the poll released Sunday, nearly as many people have a very negative impression of DeSantis (37%) than who disapprove writ large of Palestine, many of whose people are currently dealing with the ongoing onslaught from the Israeli Defense Forces as the effort to uproot and destroy Hamas continues in the region.

During a CNN interview Sunday, DeSantis told host Jake Tapper that he opposed a “push for a so-called two-state solution” between Israel and Palestine, given “the Palestinian Arabs have never embraced Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” and that because of that, the proposal could end up “being a stepping stone to the destruction of Israel.”

DeSantis has used Palestinians as a punching bag on the 2024 campaign trail. He has claimed that stateside pro-Palestinian protesters are “bozos” who are “advocating a second Holocaust.” He has also attempted to eliminate student chapters at Florida universities that he says support “Hamas terrorism.” Additionally, the state just held a Special Session of the Legislature that was largely devoted to supporting Israel symbolically.

More recently, the Governor griped about Bethlehem, which is controlled by Palestinian Arabs, as a “pigsty” and went on to complain about a historic mosque next to the Church of the Nativity.

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


12 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    November 19, 2023 at 10:33 am

    The anti-DeSantis campaign continues. I would say mission complete by you Demo’s. Trump will be the nominee which will get “Dementia” Joe and “Fweedom” dumb dumb four more years. Of course Biden won’t make it to the end so it will all be on “Fweedom” dumb dumb. God help us.

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    • Silly Wabbit

      November 19, 2023 at 10:40 am

      You kwazy.

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      • Impeach Biden

        November 19, 2023 at 10:42 am

        Your boy turns 81 tomorrow. He has the brain capacity of a 90 year old. You are crazy thinking his is mentally competent. He should really be in a senior care facility. I guess you are going all in on “Feeedom” dumb dumb.

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        • Tom

          November 19, 2023 at 10:58 am

          I can’t quite figure out why you think he’ll run but hey, have fun with it anyhow.

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          • Impeach Biden

            November 19, 2023 at 11:46 am

            You think Biden is not going to run? Will it be Fweedom then or Shiny Teeth Newsom? One of the two dummies from Kalifornia I guess.🤣

    • Marvin M.

      November 19, 2023 at 11:57 am

      Hey, don’t blame Dems for the Reps inability to rally around another candidate besides Trump. DeSantis went out of Florida and is failing to get any traction, not because of slams against him from Dems, maybe moreso slams against him by Trump, but because he is just thoroughly unlikeable and downright weird. Can’t even smile without looking uncomfortable.
      If he were otherwise a fantastic candidate on policy and leadership, that could be overcome, but he’s not. DeSantis is all in with the same kind of Trump authoritarianism that, were he elected President, would put this country, possibly irretrievably, on the road to waving bye-bye to our democracy. Trump’s already said he’d do it. Call up the military under the insurrection act to shoot protesters. Use the justice department to punish his enemies. DeSantis has already said he’d do similar things.
      They are two peas on a pod, just the DeSantis pea (despite being younger), is shriveled and rotten and super unattractive. But that’s because of him, not anything Dems did.
      As for Biden, yeah, he’s old, we get it. But looks like he’s about to get (or help get) some more hostages returned, and it’s looking like for the first time in a long time people are thinking about maybe trying this two state solution thing in the Middle East and that would be huge.
      There’s actuariallly no more chance to think Biden will shuffle off this mortal coil before Jan 20th 2029 than Donald Trump would, so sure, let’s look at the VPs. Kamala Harris will be fine, and if ya don’t want to vote for her in 2028, you don’t have to.
      But the USA will survive as a democracy better under her than Trump, or anyone Trump picks to be VP. Because he won’t make the ‘mistake’ he did last time, which was picking someone for VP that ultimately just followed the constitution, rather than Trump.
      I’m far more frightened for our country of a Trump and/or Trump VP presidency than I am of a Biden and/or K. Harris presidency.

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      • JD

        November 19, 2023 at 12:15 pm

        Amen.

        Absolutely Trump (and DeSantis) will surround themselves with sycophants this time.

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  • Silly Wabbit

    November 19, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Fweedom good.

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    • Impeach Biden

      November 19, 2023 at 10:43 am

      She’s good at one thing. Ask Willie, if he was still alive.

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      • Impeach Biden

        November 19, 2023 at 10:45 am

        My mistake. He is still with us. Tell us Willie.

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  • My Take

    November 19, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    I’m sure the average Palestiniàn is a lot nicer personally than Ronnie DeSSgustus.
    If a nation of creeps existèd, anywhere, we all would have heard about it.

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  • Andrew Finn

    November 30, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    Are you Kidding me ?? – Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini are more popular than Ron DeSatin is !!!!!!!!!!!!

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