Poll Shows What Florida Democrats Really Think of So-Called 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

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March 25, 2022

A majority of Florida Democratic primary voters support the state's parental rights legislation, which the party's national and state leaders have misleadingly called the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

A poll, conducted this month for the group Floridians for Economic Advancement, found that 52 percent of Sunshine State Democrats either "somewhat" or "definitely" oppose teaching kindergartners through third-graders about sexual orientation.

The bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis (R.) is expected to sign in the coming days, stops schools from teaching kindergartners through third graders about "sexual orientation or gender identity" in "a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards."

National and state Democrats, along with many mainstream media sources and large companies, have denounced the bill, with President Joe Biden calling it "hateful." DeSantis last week slammed Disney and other "woke corporations" that have criticized the bill even as they take in money from the Chinese Communist Party.

"In Florida, our policy's going to be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations," DeSantis said.

The Florida poll is in line with national polls on the bill. A majority of voters support "banning the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade," a Politico/Morning Consult poll found. A majority also support "limiting lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity after third grade to 'age appropriate' discussions," the poll found.