A recent Civiqs poll found that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) net favorability has reached an all-time low among registered voters.
The study polled registered voters on whether they thought DeSantis, who declared his presidential run in late May, was favorable or unfavorable.
According to the most recent research, 57 percent of people dislike the presidential candidate, while 33 percent like him. This results in a net favorability rating of -24, the lowest ever in this study.
In addition, on Election Day 2022, 48 percent evaluated the Florida governor negatively, compared to 46 percent who saw him positively. The disparity dropped to one point in December, but it only widened from January through the end of the year.
On the day of his campaign start, May 24, 2023, 55 percent of voters disapproved of DeSantis, while 36 percent supported him. He had a net favorability rating of -19% at the time.
Seventy percent of Republicans, in particular, like DeSantis, compared to 15% who don't and 15% who are still undecided. The majority of independents, 56 percent, also have a negative opinion of the presidential candidate, compared to 31 percent who have a positive one.
DeSantis's declining favorability rating among registered voters in this study comes as he continues to trail former President Donald Trump in national and state polls. In this week's Morning Consult survey, for example, Trump led DeSantis by 43 points, while DeSantis fell to 16 percent – a “weekly tracking low.”
According to sources, the findings come as the DeSantis campaign lowers personnel in attempt to simplify operations, cutting off 38 people.
“Following a top-to-bottom review of our organization, we have taken additional, aggressive steps to streamline operations and put Ron DeSantis in the strongest position to win this primary and defeat Joe Biden,” DeSantis’s campaign manager, Generra Peck said in a statement.
“Gov. DeSantis is going to lead the Great American Comeback, and we’re ready to hit the ground running as we head into an important month of the campaign,” she added.