DeSantis' Continuing Wave of Popularity Is Lifting Trump in Florida, Says FAU Poll

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to ride a wave of popularity among Florida voters, who also support many of his public policy priorities, including the importation of prescription drugs from Canada to reduce costs to Floridians and the creation of a task force to reduce the impact of harmful algae blooms, according to a statewide survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI). 

In fact, his lingering “honeymoon” among Florida voters could lift the president’s popularity in 2020, poll tabulators say.

DeSantis enjoys a 54 percent approval rating, up six points from last month’s BEPI survey, with 19 percent disapproval and 27 percent of voters unsure about the new governor. Democrats were less enthusiastic about DeSantis, with 37 percent approval compared with 31 percent  disapproval. Independents gave DeSantis 51 percent approval to 12 percent disapproval; Republicans registered 72 percent approval and 11 percent disapproval.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval rating among Florida voters rose to 44 percent (up from 41 percent in the last poll), with 45 percent disapproval. However, when asked if they think Trump has any responsibility for the recent rise in hate crimes, more than half of Floridians surveyed believe he has

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