August 17, 2020                                

Nicole Henderson


Matt Gaetz at 43% Re-Elect According to Recent Polling


PENSACOLA, FL — Congressman Matt Gaetz is in a vulnerable position according to recent polling done by Lake Research Partners. The data shows that Gaetz has made himself extremely unpopular showing weakness, especially among unaffiliated voters who will likely determine this election.

As voters head to the polls for the upcoming primary election in Florida, Gaetz has given voters a lot to think about as they determine if he should be the one to represent Florida’s 1st District. From putting the country’s national security in jeopardy by raiding the SCIF to siding with developers to oppose the county’s “customary use” ordinance, stripping local beachgoers of their basic rights.

The poll noted a number of key data points including:

  • Voters are closely divided on Matt Gaetz’s job performance as a U.S. Congressman, with only 46% offering a positive rating compared to 42% who judge his performance as just fair or poor.
  • Gaetz significantly underperforms in this district compared to President Trump. While most voters are unable to offer a positive assessment of Gaetz’s performance in Congress, the opposite is true for the President, who draws a positive job performance rating in FL-01, 55% excellent/good to 44% just fair/ poor.
  • Voters in FL-01 are ready for change—a plurality of voters does not plan on voting to re-elect Rep. Matt Gaetz. Only 43% of likely voters in FL-01 say they plan on voting to re-elect Gaetz, while 44% are either considering voting for someone else or plan on voting to replace him. Again, these numbers are worse for Rep. Gaetz with Unaffiliated voters where only 30% say they plan on voting to re-elect Rep. Gaetz and 48% are considering voting for someone else or plan on voting to replace him.

Matt Gaetz will face two primary challengers on Tuesday, August 18 in Florida’s primary election. 

“The momentum is shifting in Florida’s 1st District and now we have the data to back up what we are feeling on the ground,” stated U.S. Congressional Candidate, Phil Ehr. “It is not about party affiliation, it is about honorable leadership and diligent representation of all in our district. Gaetz has proven over and over again that he cares more about his media appearances than he does his constituents.” 

About Phil Ehr:
Phil Ehr is a retired U.S. Navy commander and the Democratic nominee challenging Matt Gaetz for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil is a husband, father, community volunteer, and veteran who rose from Seaman to Commander in a 26-year active duty career. Phil flew reconnaissance missions in the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. He provided strategic advice to senior leaders in Washington, London, and NATO in the post Cold War and post 9/11 eras. Phil is fighting to restore honor and integrity to Northwest Florida’s representation. With your help, we will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next national crisis.  We will build an economy that’s fair for working people, families, and small business, cradle to grave. We will correct failing policies on health care, education, the environment, and public safety. We will advance freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all. We will fight corruption and incompetence to restore trust in American leadership. Join the “Ehr Force” today!