Voters Turn Against Matt Gaetz

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.) has seen his approval rates in Florida dip in both his district and across the state.

In September Gaetz slammed NBC News over a report where it was alleged that he would leave his seat in Congress in favor of running in the gubernatorial election in Florida in 2026. Incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis, who is currently running in the 2024 presidential race will not be able to run for reelection due to the term limit. Gaetz has been a supporter of DeSantis in his current position but has argued that his focus was set on ensuring that the former President would have a successful presidential campaign.

In Florida, only 21 percent of voters approve of the 41-year-old representative’s actions in Congress according to the Florida Atlantic University Mainstreet PolCom Lab’s recent poll. The poll surveyed 946 Floridians and found that Gaetz’s “strong disapproval” rate was at 46 percent.

The poll was conducted from October 27 to November 11, including the period where the House of Representatives was left without a Speaker as a result of the motion to vacate which had been brought forward by Gaetz and had resulted in the ousting of Rep. Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy’s replacement was selected to be Mike Johnson from Louisiana after a few weeks of the seat being empty.

Gaetz had first been elected to represent Florida’s 1st Congressional District in 2016. This is one of the reddest districts not only in Florida but also across the United States according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index.

Pollster Kevin Wagner noted that the poll was an early assessment which was not positive for the Congressman but that there was time for these assessments to change.

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