For more than six months, The Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have been locked in a heated battle that appeared to be endless. The fight began when former Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill. Governor DeSantis and Florida Republicans responded by dissolving the Reedy Creek Act, which will strip Disney’s current ability to self-govern.
Earlier this year, a poll was conducted to see who was more favorable, The Walt Disney Company or Ron DeSantis. That poll showed that, overall, people had a more favorable view of Disney than they did of DeSantis. 33% of voters had a favorable opinion of Disney, and only 28% of those polled had a positive view of Governor DeSantis.
It’s been six months since that poll was done and another poll was recently conducted — and Disney is still more popular than the controversial governor.
According to the results — in which 1,500 people were polled — 55% of respondents had a favorable view of Disney, and 36% had an unfavorable view, with 9% having no opinion. When it comes to Governor DeSantis, on the other hand, only 38% of those polled had a favorable view. 35% of respondents had an unfavorable view of DeSantis and 26% were unsure of how they felt about him.
Florida Politics shared more in the breakdown of the poll:
The split with registered voters was less pronounced, but still in Disney’s favor. A slim majority of registered voters (52%) approved of Disney, against 42% disapproval. DeSantis met with 46% approval and 40% disapproval from the same cohort.
DeSantis did prevail among self-identified conservatives. The Governor was +61 with them, with 73% approval and 12% disapproval. Disney was underwater with conservatives, meanwhile, with 37% approval and 59% disapproval.
Similarly, Disney was -30 with self-identified Donald Trump voters, while DeSantis was +68 with the same cohort.
The fight between the massive company and the governor has quieted down in recent weeks, but that was before Disney got a new CEO. On November 20, Bob Chapek was fired, and former Disney CEO Bob Iger took over once again. At a Town Hall meeting, Iger was asked about Disney’s stance on the Parental Rights Bill, and he said that he regretted Disney getting so involved in politics. He did not say, however, what the company would do or if it planned to fight against the dissolution of Reedy Creek.
DeSantis recently stopped by Tucker Carlson Tonight and said that everything that has happened to Disney in Florida is because of what Disney did. DeSantis said that Disney “brought this on themselves”.