DeSantis Leads Crist, Fried in Bid for Re-election

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a modest lead over a pair of potential Democratic rivals among Registered Voters. However, his lead is more substantial among those Very Motivated to take part in the 2022 midterm elections.

Among Registered Voters, DeSantis leads both Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried by a 41% to 38% margin.

However, among the most motivated voters, DeSantis leads Crist by a 49% to 42% margin and Fried by a 49% to 40% margin.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Florida’s Registered Voters think it’s time to move forward by adapting to the ongoing nature of the pandemic. Just 25% believe it would be better to lockdown again until the pandemic is completely behind us.

Overall, 49% of Florida voters approve of the way that DeSantis has handled his job while 44% disapprove. Among the Very Motivated voters, 54% approve of DeSantis.

These overall dynamics are consistent with other survey research. Nationwide, on the generic ballot, Republicans and Democrats are tied among Registered Voters. However, the GOP has a 5-point advantage among the motivated voters.

Other data from the surveys will be released in the coming days.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen,, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters in Florida was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 21-28, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 149 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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