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Sunburn — The Morning Read Of What’s Hot In Florida Politics — 4.23.21

Joe Biden and Ron DeSantis have one thing in common — their popularity in Florida.

By Peter Schorsch

President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis may not like each other, but they have one thing in common: Solid approval among Florida voters.

A new poll from bipartisan firm RABA Research found the state’s top elected official and the Commander in Chief both have approval ratings in the positive by double-digits.

DeSantis, midway through his first term, has the approval of 56% of voters compared to 42% who disapprove, giving him a plus-14 favorability rating. Biden, who’s wrapping up his first 100 days, is above water 54%-42%, or plus-12.

Biden’s policies are even more popular than the man himself.

Just shy of two-thirds of voters said they were fans of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan the President signed into law earlier this month.

And his next major proposal — a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package funded by tax hikes on the rich — has the support of 59% of Florida voters while 36% are against it.

RABA did find something voters don’t like, however.

Asked their views on proposed legislation to close off the state pension program to future hires, a whopping 71% said the Legislature should keep its hands off FRS.

Nearly as many (68%) said that now is not the time for lawmakers to consider any legislation that would weaken employment protections for health care workers or teachers.

The RABA Research poll was conducted on April 19 via telephone interviews. It has a sample size of 575 and a margin of error of plus or minus 4.09 percentage points.


@AGGancarski: Not sure if the Make It Legal Florida could have cleared 60% given the corporate cannabis nature of the amendment, but what this does is effectively decouples the cannabis issue from the 2022 race for Governor in a way impossible if there had been a citizen initiative.

@BruceRitchie: Sorry, I may have a difficult time covering your Earth Day event because I have to cover bills in both the FL House and Senate blocking local environmental initiatives.

@RenzoDowney: COVID is to the 2020 Session as weddings are to the 2021 Session

@Fineout: So no budget conference meeting tonight. Budget chairs have met just once in public since Monday. Tick, tick, tick. Budget must be done by next Tuesday in order for Session to end on time. Decisions on billions made behind closed doors.

@ShevrinJones: Of all the bills that passed today, good or bad, THIS is the most important piece of legislation we passed. Thankful that the Senate see this as a priority for Floridians. It’s unfortunate that the Governor and the House are opposed to increasing weekly unemployment payments.

@AnaCeballos_: Can I just say how thankful I am for the new @floridachannel pause button during livestreams?

@OJCorral: Why don’t more people in South Florida know about Florida’s amazing springs? My theory: few families make it past the gravitational pull of Disney and Universal when driving north, a tourism black hole at the heart of Florida

FloridaPolitics, excerpt posted on  SouthFloridaReporter.comApril 23, 2021

Reprinted with permission