New poll: Fewer Hispanic women — compared to men — approve of Gov. DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the Capital Press Corps during the Associated Press Legislative Planning Session on Oct. 29, 2019. The annual event allows state leaders to brief reporters about their hopes for the regular legislative session. Credit: Michael Moline

A new poll focusing on Hispanics in Florida shows that 35.5 percent of 600 voters surveyed approve of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s performance — but there’s a big gender gap in the data.

Looking closely at the approval numbers, only 39.1 percent of Hispanic women approved of DeSantis, compared to 60.9 percent of men, according to a statewide poll by Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business.

The 600 registered voters were 51.8 percent female and 48.2 percent male; the voters in the group polled were of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Columbian and Venezuelan origin, among other categories. Data for the poll was collected from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

The poll question was: Do you approve or disapprove of the job Ron DeSantis is doing as Governor?

There’s no explanation in the data about why Hispanic men more often than women approved of DeSantis.

In addition to his public policies and conservative principles, the governor has a family life – a wife, First Lady Casey DeSantis, and two children, plus another baby on the way.

In addition to the overall 35.5 percent approval rating for DeSantis, 22.8 percent of Hispanic voters polled disapproved of the governor; 33.8 percent were neutral and 7.9 percent never heard of the governor.

Breaking out the approval data by gender, 58.1 percent of Hispanic women disapproved of DeSantis, compared to 41.9 percent of men.

A similar pattern in the data shows up for Republican President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women. The White House has denied those allegations, according to news reports.

In the poll about Hispanics in Florida, only 30.7 percent of voters surveyed said they approved of Trump as president. Of those approval numbers, 40.3 percent of women approved of Trump, compared to 59.7 percent of men.

In a previous statewide poll by the University of North Florida – related to the impeachment issue —  53 percent of Florida women surveyed strongly support or somewhat support impeaching President Donald Trump and removing him from office. But only 38 percent of males responded that way.