Gov. DeSantis hasn’t made his case among African-American Floridians, poll suggests

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking to reporters in the Capitol
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking to reporters in the Capitol

How is Gov. Ron DeSantis rating with Floridians nearly one year after he took office? Swimmingly, according to a Mason-Dixon poll of Floridians.

In fact, the governor’s approval rating is under water with a single ethnic group  – African Americans. Even that was within the poll’s 4-point margin for error. The survey, conducted between Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, found a 42-46 percent approval-disapproval rating for the Republican among African Americans. Twelve percent said they weren’t sure about him.

Meanwhile, among whites DeSantis enjoyed the approval of 71 percent of respondents, with 21 percent disapproving and 8 percent not sure. Among Hispanics, it was 56 percent approval and 34 percent disapproval, with 10 percent unsure.

Put it all together and you get an overall approval rating of 65 percent, with 26 percent disapproving and 9 percent unsure.

In March, Mason-Dixon found a 62 percent approval rating for the governor.

“DeSantis gets high marks throughout the state, including a 56 percent approval rating from voters in heavily Democratic Southeast Florida,” the poll says. He rated highest in North Florida, where 72 percent approved.

Among Democrats, 40 percent approved of DeSantis’ performance and 47 percent disapproved. Approval among Republicans ran to 93 percent and independents to 62 percent.

Among men, 70 percent approved; among women, the number was 61 percent. Sixty-nine percent of over-50s approved of the governor; among younger votes, the number was 59 percent.

The polling firm said it interviewed by telephone 625 registered voters, randomly selected from voter registration list that included home and cellphone numbers, with quotas reflecting voter registrations by county.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.