Gov. Ron DeSantis is public enemy No. 1 to partisans on the left and their allies in the corporate media.
But Florida voters seem well satisfied with the job their governor is doing.
A poll released Friday by the Florida Politics website found that 54 percent of respondents approve of DeSantis’ performance.
In contrast, 38 percent disapproved; 8 percent were unsure.
The poll, released as the incumbent holds a healthy lead over his two main Democratic rivals in this year’s election, showed some anticipated results.
For example, DeSantis enjoys overwhelming support from fellow Republicans, as 83 percent approve of his work, as well as white voters, 62 percent of whom support the governor.
But there were some surprises.
Among independents, who are the fastest-growing segment of the voter registration rolls, 58 percent give DeSantis a thumbs up, as do 21 percent of Democrats.
Along racial lines, 52 percent of Hispanics and 39 percent of Asian-Americans are also in DeSantis’ corner. Among blacks, his approval rating is 21 percent.
Some of the governor’s highest marks come from the young. His approval rating among those 18 to 29 was recorded at 58 percent.
Geographically, DeSantis has significant backing in liberal media markets.
In Tallahassee, he was favored by 62 percent of respondents, by 61 percent in Gainesville, and 57 percent and 55 percent in Tampa and Orlando, respectively.
The poll taken of 1,614 active voters included 37 percent Republicans, 37 percent Democrats, and 26 percent independents.