Poll Gives DeSantis Strong Lead Over Democrat Challengers, 54% Approval Rating

August 19, 2022 Updated 12:39 PM ET

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at a
Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at a "Unite & Win Rally" at Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona (Gage Skidmore).

August 19, 2022 Updated 10:21 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – According to a new poll, Gov. Ron DeSantis maintains a strong lead over Democrat opponents Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried.

The Chamber of Commerce found that DeSantis holds a 8% lead (51%-43%) over Charlie Crist and a 7% lead (50%-43%) over Nikki Fried. The governor maintains nearly 50% from unaffiliated voters across the board.

On job approval, the governor is faring far better off than President Joe Biden. DeSantis is reported to have a 54% across-the-board approval of his job as governor, garnering 88% Republican and 52% unaffiliated voter approval.

Biden, on the other hand, has a near 60% disapproval in the Sunshine State, with 62% of unaffiliated voters disapproving. Only 34% of Hispanic voters approve of the president while 64% disapprove.

On other topics, the found that 64% of likely voters believe the United States is currently in a recession. 82% of Republicans and 70% of unaffiliated believe the economy is in trouble and 55% of Democrats believed the country is not in a recession.

Heading into the 2022 general election, 67% of respondents said food prices are a major issue. A vast majority of Republicans and unaffiliated respondents believed the issue is “critically important” while only 53% of Democrats say the same.

60% said gas prices are critically important, with far fewer Democrats agreeing.

The poll was conducted from August 4-15 using a sample size of 608 likely voters, where 39% of those were Democrats, 43% were Republicans, and 18% were unaffiliated.

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