Poll: DeSantis holds wide lead over Democrat challengers

by Vianca Rodriguez

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., already has a strong head start to winning re-election in the 2022 gubernatorial race, according to recent polling conducted in late September by VCreek/AMG.

The survey suggests that DeSantis holds “quality leads” over opponents Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, D-Fla. The survey, supported by Americas PAC, polled approximately 405 individuals during Sept. 23 to 27.

The graphs listed below show that if DeSantis faces off against Crist, he would lead by 8 percentage points with 47 percent of possible voters, compared to 39 percent voting for Crist. 12 percent would be left undecided and only 2 percent would consider voting for another candidate.

Source: VCreek/AMG LLC, Florida Governor Poll Results

If DeSantis were to face off the Sunshine State’s Agriculture Commissioner, he would win the hypothetical scenario by 12 percentage points, with 48 percent of potential voters going toward DeSantis and 36 percent toward Fried. Meanwhile, 11 percent would remain undecided and 5 percent would consider another candidate.

Source: VCreek/AMG LLC, Florida Governor Poll Results

The survey reports that if the governor were to garner sufficient “purple” voters, or those that remain “undecided,” then DeSantis would hold a “strong position heading into November 2022” elections.

It also mentions that DeSantis won in 2018 with only 49.6 percent of the vote, whereas Rick Scott, the former governor, won his first election with 48.9 percent of the vote and was reelected with 48.1 percent of the vote.

These numbers show that if DeSantis remains popular with Floridians, he will win with Republicans and possibly secure Independent voters who are unhappy with Biden’s recent vaccine mandates.

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