Majority of Florida residents disagree with DeSantis as he continues to rail against the CDC: poll

Majority of Florida residents disagree with DeSantis as he continues to rail against the CDC: poll
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The results of a new poll suggest the vast majority of Floridians widely disagree with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) stance on vaccine passports as he continues to rail against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to Sun-Sentinel, a poll developed by the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs reveals only 24% of Florida residents agree with DeSantis' push to ban vaccine passports. A total of 43% of poll respondents do believe vaccine passports should be mandatory where cruise ships are concerned while 33% of respondents insist the decision should be left up to the individual cruiseliners.

The poll found that most individuals were in favor of vaccination passports for cruises but mostly opposed the measure for entrance into theme parks. Per the Sun-Sentinel, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Theme parks should not be allowed to require guests to show proof of vaccination — 31%.
  • Should be up to individual parks whether they want to require proof of vaccination — 40%.
  • Should be mandatory for guests to provide proof of vaccination for all theme parks in Florida — 30%.
However, the political divide on vaccine passports was evident. While Democrats mostly supported the idea of vaccine passports, Republican voters were on the opposite side of the spectrum. Independent voters leaned more toward Republicans' stance on the issue.

The voter breakdown is shown below:

  • Cruise lines should not be allowed to require guest to show proof of vaccination — Democrats, 12%; Independents, 29%; Republicans, 37%.
  • Up to individual cruise lines — Democrats, 31%; Independents, 37%; Republicans 33%.
  • Mandatory to show proof of vaccination on all cruises that port in Florida — Democrats, 58%; Independents, 34%; Republicans, 30%.
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