Independents and Suburban Voters Strongly Prefer DeSantis Over Biden, Poll Finds

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

September 23, 2022 Updated 10:02 AM ET

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2018 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida (Gage Skidmore).
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2018 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida (Gage Skidmore).

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – According to favorability ratings in the latest The Economist/YouGov Poll, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ net and total favorability ratings far-exceed President Joe Biden’s.

Recent polls have given DeSantis a strong lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, but the latest national poll paints the governor also with considerable strength nationwide.

The poll – which leans Democrat by a staggering 9 points (D37/R28/I35) – gives DeSantis an overall net favorability rating of +8, 41% favorable to 33% unfavorable. Among Independents, his position is better, being +11, 38%-27%. Suburban voters like DeSantis even more, 45%-34%.

Overall, Biden’s net favorability rating is -7: 44%-51%. Being more well-known than DeSantis, more voters have made up their mind on the president. Among suburban voters, Biden’s net rating is -13: 42%-55%. Independents dislike Biden even more, with a net rating of -26 points: 31%-57%.

The poll was conducted among 1,500 U.S. adult citizens from Sep. 17-20.

Throughout 2022, DeSantis has gained national attention and media as begun to pit the Florida governor against former President Donald Trump. On running in 2024, though, DeSantis has repeatedly laughed off the idea.

“I’m trying to think like, what is this obsession with 24? Like we don’t even have the 22 election,” DeSantis said July 23. “I think it’s because the media knows that the Democrats are going to get hammered in 2022. They don’t want to talk about it.”

Trump debunked the rift narrative in a Newsmax interview, saying, “Well I get along with [DeSantis]. I was very responsible for his success because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship.”

Trump has not said whether he would launch a presidential campaign. 

“At the right time I’ll be saying what I want to do,” Trump said in the interview. 

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