Fox News poll: Pot, reproductive rights more popular than Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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The Governor opposes the amendments, but does he have the juice to actually stop them this Fall?

Gov. Ron DeSantis has come out swinging against two constitutional amendments on November’s ballot.

But new polling from Fox News suggests that both legalized cannabis and reproductive rights are more popular than he is.

While DeSantis is above water, with 52% approval against 47% disapproval among the 1,075 registered voters surveyed earlier this month, what’s notable is that he’s 35 points underwater with independent voters (31% approval; 66% disapproval).

Meanwhile, the poll has far better news for The Adult Personal Use of Marijuana citizen initiative (Amendment 3 on the ballot) and the Amendment to Limit Government Interference with Abortion, on the ballot as Amendment 4.

Both of these need more than 3/5 support to pass, but both appear to be on their way based on this data.

The abortion amendment, which would stop the state from being able to restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, is at 69% support. And it’s even above water with Republicans, with 50% saying they support it and 45% saying no.

The cannabis amendment would allow people to hold three ounces of flower or 5 grams of concentrate, and Floridians are ready to put that in their pipes and smoke it also, with 66% approval against 32% disapproval.

Interestingly, Republicans appear supportive. Among the GOP, the pot push has 57% approval and 41% disapproval. It is over 70% with independents and Democrats, meanwhile.

DeSantis has denounced both amendments.

DeSantis argued this Spring that the amendments will “have a tough time getting to 60% if people kind of have a sense of what’s going on.”

“Look what’s happened in Denver, Colorado. Look what’s happened in Los Angeles, New York City. You know, I’ve talked to people that have moved from New York and they’re like, they used to have, you know, an apartment somewhere and it used to (smell differently). Now, what does it reek of? It reeks of marijuana. I don’t want the state to be reeking of marijuana,” DeSantis said in April of the cannabis initiative.

DeSantis also falsely claimed regarding the abortion amendment that it would “mandate abortion until the moment of birth.”

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


25 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 7, 2024 at 8:54 am

    Don’t everybody get your hopes up over this. Even my toenail clippings in the bathroom garbage can are more popular than Ron DeSantis.

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  • Michael K

    June 7, 2024 at 8:58 am

    People are not stupid – they see through his lies and bluster.
    DeSantis blew whatever good will he had on divisive culture wars, where he’s made far more enemies than friends. He does not represent “all” Floridians, just the narrow swath of lemmings who go along with his “my way, or the highway” approach. He has left nothing positive = only a path of destruction of institutions and public trust in his high-heeled wake.Just ask the people of Iowa, where not a single county supported him after spending $160 million of other people’s money in his failed presidential folly.

    He and his AG will still try to undermine the will of the people with these amendments. He does not wish to govern – he just wants total control.

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    • JD

      June 7, 2024 at 9:07 am

      Oh, he still has a following in the wastelands of Twitter, but you never know what’s a bot, a paid fanbui from a click farm in eastern europe / asia, or some schmuck.

      I think the independents are turned off of the entire GOP circus now. Reagan’s big tent is not the freakshow.

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      • Dont Say FLA

        June 7, 2024 at 9:16 am

        A strong indicator of botness is all conservative commenters and other spammers that disappeared for several days starting the day the Trump verdicts were delivered which was the very same day a worldwide botnet was taken down.

        Man that was a great several days.

        Unfortunately, they’re baaaaaaaack.

        Reply

  • He’s Not Here

    June 7, 2024 at 10:49 am

    DeSantis is extremely popular in the state of Florida. Only the minority zombies can’t see that.

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    • Ocean Joe

      June 7, 2024 at 12:20 pm

      Correction: “police state of Florida.”

      Reply

    • FLPatriot

      June 12, 2024 at 12:25 pm

      You poor thing. He has a fringe group that fully supports him but make no mistake. He has passed his prime and won’t ever get past governor. We all see through his “Free state of Florida” mantra as he turns the other check and does everything he can to ban freedoms.

      Reply

  • JD

    June 7, 2024 at 11:15 am

    Sure – ask those still dealing with the wake and insurance debacle of Ian and Idalia and his lack of response about how popular he is.

    Only the minority zombies can’t see that.

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    • He’s Not Here

      June 7, 2024 at 11:34 am

      What exactly is he suppose to do? Do those people have insurance? If not there is FEMA for assistance. If you don’t carry insurance, the individual property owners assume the risk.

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      • JD

        June 7, 2024 at 11:41 am

        Do his job instead of running for President using Governor Champaign monies and state funds (and then hide those records from the press).

        Appoint people that actually know how to do their job – i.e. remove Patronis and get a CFO that can. He’s incompetent and could have been removed for cause like the elected DAs.

        As for insurance there’s a litany of things they have done, but there’s a ton more they could have done.

        That’s what he could have done. Why is it still dogged bootstrapping for the individual and socialism for the guys in government or big business?

        Only the minority zombies can’t see that.

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      • JD

        June 7, 2024 at 11:43 am

        Do his job instead of running for president using Governor champaign monies and state funds (and then hide those records from the press).

        Appoint people that actually know how to do their job – i.e. remove JP and get a CFO that can. He’s incompetent and could have been removed for cause like the elected DAs.

        As for insurance there’s a litany of things they have done, but there’s a ton more they could have done.

        That’s what he could have done. Why is it still dogged bootstrapping for the individual and s0cialism for the guys in government or big business?

        Only the minority zombies can’t see that.

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      • Ocean Joe

        June 7, 2024 at 12:25 pm

        Are there no workhouses?

        What he could have done was recognize the rising cost problem years ago, instead of joining the insurance companies by piling on homeowners through limits on recourse and blaming lawyers. He could support the legalization of marijuana and divert the profits from taxing the sale of it to Citizens and beef up their reserves instead of depopulating their clientele. But he’s more interested in running for president of the morality for thee brigade.

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      • rick whitaker

        June 8, 2024 at 7:56 pm

        HE’S NOT HERE, you said, ” those people “, that is a bad sign. i presume you are an orange turd cultist with that phrasing. desantis and his gang have rigged everything, haven’t you heard?

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  • Debra

    June 7, 2024 at 12:46 pm

    Truth in this article. Read it again.

    Reply

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    June 7, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    Trump was able to get three Federalist Society picks onto the Supreme Court. During their hearings they swore up and down about how Roe v. Wade as “precedent” and “settled law,” blah blah blah. THEN, as soon as they had the opportunity, they overturned it. And now even women who would personally never choose to have an abortion are a bit ticked off, because they see women in red states losing a BIG measure of their self-determination in ways that men have no frame of reference for. After all, there havee never been any laws passed that affect MEN’S reproductive choices.

    Come November, Florida will become the latest in a long list of states where abortion care has been enshrined by a popular vote. Women aren’t going down without a fight.

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    • Scott

      June 7, 2024 at 2:09 pm

      And Rs want to call the contraceptive bill vote yesterday a show me vote and that it stands for nothing. Well, what happened with SCOTUS and Roe V Wade is exactly why contraception needs to be protected. They keep saying “It’s already legal, why do we need to vote on it?”

      Because, until it’s enshrined, this activist SCOTUS could easily tear it down.

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      • Marvin M.

        June 7, 2024 at 4:01 pm

        “Well, what happened with SCOTUS and Roe V Wade is exactly why contraception needs to be protected. They keep saying ‘It’s already legal, why do we need to vote on it?'”

        I agree with you 100% and just want to add these are the same people, complaining about a show vote to protect something already legal, seemed to have zero problem with a show vote to proclaim something is illegal that already is illegal (non citizens voting – it’s already illegal).

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  • ScienceBLVR

    June 7, 2024 at 1:45 pm

    You bet women are pi$$ed! Especially since Handmaid’s Tale came out. Not going there, no sir, no how! And how long before they come for the IUD’s and other forms of contraception? Already, the GOP refuses to ensure women unfettered access to all birth control methods in Congress. He!! Hath no fury like a woman you try to screw over..

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  • Charles

    June 7, 2024 at 3:09 pm

    DeSantis is lying and fear mongering on cannabis. As a senior and long time republican voter I am disgusted by his lack of truthfulness. Of course legal cannabis would and should have restrictions but that’s Florida’s legislative responsibility. DeSantis fear mongering and misinformation is unacceptable. He has completely lost my support.
    Actually wrote to DeSantis and not even an acknowledgment or reply.

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    • Cheesy Floridian

      June 8, 2024 at 12:27 am

      Thank you! I agree with you

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    • rick whitaker

      June 8, 2024 at 8:05 pm

      CHARLES, i appreciate your candor. i’m a senior and long time dem voter, so i don’t get anything about desantis or maga. sounds to me that the gop has given in to the orange turd. the fear mongering you mentioned is what the gop is, and does.

      Reply

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 13, 2024 at 1:36 pm

      Reefer Madness Rhonda doesn’t have time for voters

      Reply

  • Sundance

    June 7, 2024 at 3:11 pm

    Tobacco,,pot,, doggy 💩,garbage,, 🗑️ and amongst other things ,,,ohh that smell cant you smell that smell

    Reply

  • Sundance

    June 7, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    They complained about tobacco. And doggy due also the 🗑️

    Reply

  • Andrew Finn

    June 10, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    HaHa — Yep you got that right !!!! Flat tires, diarrhea, tax bills, open septic tanks, and Joe Stalin are all more popular than DeSantis will ever be !!!!

    Reply

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