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Just 21% of Floridians approve of Matt Gaetz post-McCarthy ouster: poll

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It’s no secret that Rep. Matt Gaetz is far from the most popular man in Congress, but a new poll shows that Floridians aren’t super fond of him either.

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Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is rumored to be eyeing a run for governor in 2026, has the approval of just 21% of Sunshine State voters while 57% disapprove, per a Florida Atlantic University Mainstreet PolCom Lab survey.

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Of the remainder, 8% of voters had a neutral opinion of him and 14% said they weren’t sure how they felt.

The hard-right rep was thrust into the national spotlight last month after he successfully engineered the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as House speaker.

Gaetz and seven other Republicans banded together with a solid bloc of 208 Democrats to oust McCarthy, who became the first House speaker to be removed by a vote of his colleagues.

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Back home in his district, Matt Gaetz has been unbeatable since he ascended to Congress in 2017.
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The Floridian claims the gambit was motivated by frustration over a stopgap measure taken up by McCarthy in late September to avert a partial government shutdown, as well as other alleged broken promises.

McCarthy claims the revolt was part of a personal vendetta and alleged that Gaetz was livid that McCarthy refused to interfere in an ethics probe, something the Florida Republican denies.

The poll sampled 946 voters between Oct. 27-Nov. 11 with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.2 percentage points.

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Speaker Mike Johnson brought forward a stopgap to avert a government shutdown similar to the one Kevin McCarthy brought up before he was ousted.
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Since 2017, Gaetz has had a lock on the seat representing Florida’s 1st Congressional District, winning re-election by 35 percentage points last year.

Outside Geatz’s Panhandle perch, sentiment toward him is much less favorable — even among GOP voters.

Some 36.6% of Republicans approve of Gaetz statewide, compared to 36.3% who disapprove.

Kevin McCarthy wants Matt Gaetz to get punished for his deeds.

When Republicans were asked about the removal of McCarthy as speaker, just 42% approved, 35% opposed and the remainder said they didn’t know.

Among Democrats, 82.9% disapprove of Gaetz, while among independents, 53.8% disapprove while 21.1% approve of his job performance, per the poll.

There has been buzz about Matt Gaetz running for governor.
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Despite reports and speculation that Gaetz has his eye on the governor’s mansion, he has denied or downplayed a potential run.

Some of his ardent critics in Congress, such as McCarthy himself, have called for him to be punished for dethroning the former speaker.

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