57% of Voters in Florida Disapprove of Republican Matt Gaetz, According to November Poll

Toby Hazlewood

Just 21% approve of the Florida 'firebrand'

Matt GaetzPhoto byTwitter of RealMartyT7

On November 21, a newly released poll of voters in Florida conducted by Florida Atlantic University has revealed that the Sunshine State's most outspoken and occasionally-divisive Republican - Congressman Matt Gaetz - is viewed unfavorably by the majority of voters consulted.

Just 21% of those polled viewed Gaetz favorably, with 57% feeling unfavorably towards Florida's self-appointed 'firebrand' Republican. The poll of around 1,000 voters was taken just after the Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson was appointed as Speaker of the House, concluding a period of chaos and disorder in the House of Representatives.

It was a period that many inside and outside of Congress blame on Gaetz, which may explain why he came off so badly. Then again, with Gaetz being one of the more opinionated members of the GOP who clearly cares little about what others think of him, it would seem unlikely that he will pay much attention to the statistics.

Early in November, he addressed the GOP Freedom Summit in Kissimmee, FL he was clearly unconcerned about what others thought of him. According to Florida's Gaetz:

"The Make America Great Again movement is ascendant. Mike Johnson is House Speaker, and Donald John Trump will be the next President of the United States. And I'm not going anywhere."
Matt GaetzPhoto byTwitter of Avenger Resister

Gaetz - disliked by voters and politicians equally

While the entire House of Representatives bears some responsibility for the time that was wasted appointing a new Speaker of the House, it was Gaetz who initiated the motion to vacate against the previous speaker. After ousting Kevin McCarthy, Gaetz was widely criticized by other members of the GOP for throwing the House of Representatives into chaos.

In the aftermath, various of his colleagues and so-called allies singled him out for criticism and McCarthy himself accused Gaetz of being "narcissistic". Another Republican - Rep. Mike Lawler of New York - went even further and claimed that Gaetz is "a vile person" who "lies directly to folks".

While such personal opinions don't necessarily represent the general consensus, it would raise questions over how effective Gaetz can be in serving the people who elected him if even his own colleagues describe him in such terms.

Indeed, a recent proposal brought to congress by the Florida Republican was voted out of the House of Representatives after various members of the GOP sided with Democrats instead of Gaetz.

Such was his disappointment at his colleagues, that later in November he echoed sentiments shared by Texas Republican Chip Roy, slamming his colleagues for failing to pass any significant legislation since holding the majority in the House of Representatives.

Florida Republicans falling out of favor

Gaetz may take a little comfort that at least he's not the only Florida Republican who is struggling for popularity.

A recent survey conducted by research firm Morning Consult has revealed that in a study of approval ratings for governors across the United States, Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is tied at 10th with New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul as the governors with the worst favorability.

The findings likely came as a blow to DeSantis, who has previously been suggested has a 'likeability problem'. In the same week he attracted criticism for allegedly wearing lifts in his shoes to appear taller.

It's not clear who is viewed least favorably by voters - DeSantis or Gaetz!

Do you think that Florida's Matt Gaetz is doing a good job of serving the people of Florida who voted for him? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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