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SFBW Editor’s Note

In a blizzard of activity, President Joe Biden has executed a slew of executive actions since taking office, touching on business, the pandemic, the environment, immigration and other areas. The popular statistical website 538 rounded up public opinion (based on polling by Ipsos and Morning Consult) on 14 representative executive actions, and found the following:

Here’s our interpretation. Americans, in large numbers, support setting a limit on what businesses can do—in one narrow area, as 83% of respondents (including 64% of Republicans) approve of Biden’s order prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, reflecting overwhelming support for the LGBQ community. In a July 2020 decision, the Supreme Court barred such discrimination based on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but Biden’s action “builds on the high court’s decision, directing any federal agency with protections against discrimination based on sex to interpret those statutes to also protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression,” according to NBC News.

Biden’s action concerning race—committing to a government-wide focus on racial equity—polled nearly as high, with 77% percent of respondents and 52% of Republicans signaling their approval, suggesting that support for racial equity in response to the death of George Floyd last May has staying power. Support for people of color could be found elsewhere: Smaller majorities of respondents also expressed support for restarting the DACA program and allowing non-citizens to be counted in the U.S. Census.

The only other executive action to enjoy majority support generally (75%), as well as among Republicans (54%), is the President’s mandate to wear masks on federal property—though continuing suspension of federal student loan repayments and continuing a ban on evictions came close to hitting those numbers. In sum, majorities of respondents approved of 12 of the 14 executive actions reviewed by 538, reflecting that Biden’s spending of political capital in the first days of his Administration is reaping dividends.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.