New Florida Chamber Statewide Poll Shows Floridians Approve of Governor DeSantis’ Handling of COVID-19 Response

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New Florida Chamber Statewide Poll Shows Floridians Approve of Governor DeSantis’ Handling of COVID-19 Response
Voters Optimistic Florida’s Economy Will be Improving Six Months from Now

TALLAHASSEE, FL (June 18, 2020)The latest Florida Chamber of Commerce statewide poll shows 57 percent of Florida voters approve of Governor DeSantis’ handling of the COVID-19 response while 39 percent do not.  And, while voters are near evenly split on the right/wrong direction of Florida, more than 55 percent of likely voters believe that Florida’s economy will be improving six months from now.

“Politically and economically speaking, Florida is the most significant state in America in 2020, and voters overwhelmingly support Florida’s approach to COVID-19, believe our economy will continue to improve, approve of the job Governor DeSantis is doing, and believe jobs and our economy should continue to be our focus,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.  “While there are no statewide elections this year, there are several state Senate and House races that will be impacted by national and state priorities and we’re encouraged by the alignment of most voters to the competitiveness agenda supported by the Florida Chamber.”

Before COVID-19 put Florida into a recession to protect the health of Floridians, Florida was the 17th largest economy in the world (if Florida were a country), we were creating 1 out of every 11 new U.S. jobs, we were the 20th most diversified state economy, the third largest state in the country and growing by 900 people a day. Since coronavirus, Florida has lost 1.2 million jobs, tax revenues were 29.4 percent less than anticipated for April, and our economy is feeling the effects of a global recession. So, it’s no surprise that the number one concern of Florida voters continues to be jobs and the economy, followed by COVID-19 and racial inequality – all three issues the Florida Chamber is engaged in, and has more than a dozen virtual events scheduled in 2020, including at least five events focusing on resolving our inequality of opportunity challenge.

“A majority of Floridians are nothing but optimistic when it comes to Florida’s economic recovery, and as the old saying goes, expectations tend to breed results. These are the right sentiments Florida needs as we unify the business community to relaunch and reimagine Florida’s economy,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Additional findings from the Florida Chamber’s latest statewide poll shows:

Governor DeSantis’ Approval/Disapproval:
58% approve
36% disapprove

Governor DeSantis’ Approval/Disapproval of COVID-19 Handling:

57% approve of COVID-19 handling
39% disapprove of COVID-19 handling

How Has Florida Responded to COVID-19?

46% just about right
44% not restrictive enough
7% too restrictive
2% unsure

Florida right/wrong direction:

44% right direction
42% wrong direction

Where do you believe Florida’s economy will be six months from now?

56% improving
25% worsening
10% same as it is now
9% unsure

FLORIDA’S EVER-CHANGING VOTER REGISTRATION: When it comes to voter registration, the latest data shows that NPAs continue to lead registrations. In May, the latest month for which the state has data, 25 percent of new voters registered as Democrats, 36 percent registered as Republicans, and 39 percent registered as NPA – for a total of 33,198 total voter registrations in Florida. Total state voter registrations show 37 percent are Democrats, 35 percent are Republicans and 28 percent are NPAs.

ABOUT OUR LATEST CHAMBER POLL:  The Florida Chamber of Commerce political poll was conducted on June 6-15,2020 by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. The sample size included 248 Democrats, 243 Republicans and 120 Others for a total of 611 respondents statewide. The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber are consistently drawn from likely voters and newly registered voters, meaning those voters who have the propensity and past performance of voting in elections, rather than simply including registered voters.  Voters are again screened for likelihood of voting.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

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Florida Chamber Ramps Up Political Operations Makes Strategic Hires, Promotions, and Introduces New Candidate School

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Florida Chamber of Commerce: Edie Ousley
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Florida Chamber Ramps Up Political Operations Makes Strategic Hires, Promotions, and Introduces New Candidate School

TALLAHASSEE, FL (June 1, 2020)Elections matter, and with Florida’s ever-changing political landscape, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is ramping up its Political Operations program by making strategic hires and promotions, and introducing a non-partisan candidate school aimed at recruiting better candidates for the more than 4,500 electable positions through 2025.

KEY STAFFING UPDATES:

  • Nick Catroppo has been named to the newly created Vice President of Political Operations position. Catroppo has nearly a decade of experience advising government officials and candidates on political and policy matters, and leading successful political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Marian Johnson continues to serve as Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute. Marian is a veteran political expert, and no one in Florida has garnered the type of respect on both sides of the political spectrum for her ability to recruit and elect candidates.
  • Andrew Wiggins has been promoted to Senior Director, Political Affairs and Coalitions Advocacy. The Florida Chamber is known for building coalitions and unifying Florida around the issues that will make Florida more competitive. Andrew’s expanded role will help advance policy and political issues in an ever-changing political landscape.
  • Alex Coelho continues to serve as the Florida Chamber Data Director. He previously served as Data Director for the Michigan Republican Party, and has extensive experience in Florida politics. His knowledge of Florida’s ever-changing elector, helps the Florida Chamber achieve its policy goals.

KEY PROGRAM UPDATES;

  • Florida Chamber Political Institute: The Florida Chamber’s candidate recruitment efforts are actively underway, and is expected to interview more than 50 candidates prior to announcing endorsements.
  • Florida Institute for Political Leadership: FIPL is a new, non-partisan statewide program designed to recruit, train and guide people by providing leadership and training opportunities to get better candidates across Florida. For more information, visit www.fipl.org

Part of its planned 2025 strategic planning efforts, the ramped up Political Operations builds on 100 years of team campaign experience, and winning records, including:

  • Recruiting and winning 92 percent of statewide political races in the last 10 years, and
  • Raising over $19 million to elect pro-business candidates and advance pro-jobs issues during the 2018 elections cycle.

On Nick Catroppo’s hiring, David Hart, Florida Chamber Executive Vice President said: “I’m excited to welcome the extraordinary talents of Nick Catroppo to our Political Operations team. His experience at running and winning campaigns in Florida for candidates who believe in free enterprise makes him the perfect choice to build upon our past successes and lead to future success and victories over the next several election cycles.”

Catroppo has nearly a decade of experience advising government officials and candidates on political and policy matters, and leading successful political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. He has led and served on numerous campaigns for a variety of candidates, including Attorney General Ashley Moody, Representative James Buchanan, and former Congressmen David Jolly and Richard Nugent.

“Over the years, the Chamber has proven to be the unifying force in Florida politics, and I’m honored to return to my home state and join this incredible, growing program. From the start, my focus will be on uniting our business community and leading the Chamber’s political victories into the 2020 Election cycle, especially during such challenging and unprecedented times,” said Nick Catroppo.

Catroppo received a political science degree from the University of South Florida, and will join the team later this month.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Attorney General Ashley Moody: “Nick has a wealth of experience in politics earning the trust and respect of his colleagues in state and federal government.  He will be a great asset to the Florida Chamber and its members.”

Senate President Designate Wilton Simpson: “Nick is a great choice to lead the political operations at the Florida Chamber going into the 2020 election cycle and beyond. He has an impressive resume of accomplishments in the political arena that will only continue to grow in this new capacity. Nick and his wife, Amanda, have deep roots in Florida which I know will help him better serve the Florida Chamber and its members. I look forward to working with Nick, and the entire team at the Florida Chamber, to support our business community, create jobs, grow our economy and Relaunch Florida.”

Congressman Vern Buchanan: “The Florida Chamber unifies Florida’s business community behind the right candidates and the right issues and Nick Catroppo has the experience and pro-business focus to make sure the right things happen in Florida”.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

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Florida Chamber of Commerce, 136 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, U.S.
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