Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis got another bit of good news this week as he appears to be cruising towards reelection next month.
A new mainstream survey found that among U.S. politicians, he is the most favorable.
The survey was conducted October 12-13 by the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS) at Harvard University, The Harris Poll, and HarrisX. Pollsters asked respondents to rate top political figures as very favorable, favorable, unfavorable, very unfavorable, never heard of them, or no opinion.
Here’s how the breakdown went, according to the Daily Wire:
DeSantis (+6), former Vice President Mike Pence (+4), South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott (+3), former President Donald Trump (0), Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (0), Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz (0), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (-3), President Joe Biden (-8), Arizona Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema (-9), Vice President Kamala Harris (-10), Democrat Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (-12), New York Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (-12), twice failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (-13), West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (-15), Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (-22), and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (-22).
There were other notable takeaways from the survey as well:
— Republicans are viewed as caring more about the issues that Americans find the most important: Inflation, the economy, and immigration. Democrats, meanwhile, were seen as focusing much more on less important issues: January 6th, women’s rights, and climate change, which ranked 19th, 5th, and 8th, respectively.
— Biden’s student loan giveaway made those who trended toward voting Republican more likely to cast a ballot for Democrats, 41-35 percent.
— Among the most trusted U.S. institutions are the military, police, and Amazon.
— 80 percent of respondents said Biden should emphasize lower prices and more oil and gas independence versus 20 percent who said energy policies should emphasize higher prices and focus more on climate change.
— By 24 percent, the vast majority of respondents blamed high fuel prices on Biden.
— Another large majority — 65 percent — said transitioning to different types of fuel ought to be a slow, gradual process, and the same percentage said Biden’s policies ought to unleash oil and gas production domestically instead of begging other countries to export more.