Poll: Florida voters don’t see Ron DeSantis as presidential material

Even Republicans aren't sold.

While conservative media may enthuse about Gov. Ron DeSantis as a potential presidential candidate, Florida voters aren’t sold.

That’s the finding in fresh polling from Quinnipiac University, which says more Floridians believe the man they call “America’s Governor” should focus on his day job rather than White House apirations.

“Do Florida voters want to send DeSantis back to Tallahassee? It’s a tossup. But 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is, for now, just not in the cards,” asserted a spokesperson in a press release revealing the findings.

Of the 833 registered voters surveyed, in what was an R+2 poll, 59% do not want DeSantis to run for President. Only 35% back the concept.

Not even all Republicans want to see it. While 67% are open to a President DeSantis, a full 24% aren’t in. A full 61% of independent voters are opposed, also, with just 35% backing a DeSantis 2024 run.

As one would expect, Democrats almost uniformly don’t want him to run for President, though 2% of those surveyed from the opposing party support the idea.

Bookies and prediction markets alike have waved caution flags, as COVID-19 has bedeviled both messaging and policy from the DeSantis administration.

“Billed as a rising star in the GOP, DeSantis also faces a difficult battle in the presidential election, as he’s behind Donald Trump in both presidential and Republican nomination markets,” commented a spokesperson from betting aggregators US-Bookies.com, earlier in August.

DeSantis is dropping on the list of 2024 candidates. He’s given just an 18% chance of getting the Republican nomination, and just a 10% chance of being elected President.

The aggregators aren’t even contemplating action on who DeSantis’ 2024 running mate might be, though the Governor is the most favored of four potential running mates for Trump.

“Though DeSantis’ chances at winning the next presidential election aren’t strong at the moment, it does seem like he’ll be the most likely pick as Trump’s running mate,” a US-Bookies spokesperson said. “With 14-1 odds, a Trump-DeSantis (ticket) is currently the most likely Republican ticket we’ll see in 2021.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Jmjusa

    August 25, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Alternative headline: A.G. Gancarski doesn’t like DeSantis, republicans, conservatives..
    Nothing to see here… Yawn… What a boar ag (not misspelled)

  • Zhombre

    August 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Re-elect Biden-Harris 2024. Let it all go to shit.

  • abert m

    August 25, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Quinnipac is the same pollster that had desantis n scott loosing in 2018 by 5 to 6 points n the same amount by trump in 2020 . To me a more telling thing is if desantis is the worse governor in country as many here think he is than why are people moving here all the time . The day people start moving out of florida like they are in california n othe r democrat states than we can talk.

  • Alex

    August 25, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Poor cons.

    It’s a pretty good sign you’re losing when you attack the messenger.

    • Tom

      August 26, 2021 at 6:16 am

      As usual Alex does not know what he’s saying. He’s joined by abert. DeSantis is the best Governor in the country, more importantly he is the rising star in the Repub party.

      Regardless, 45 will likely run so no one will have a real lane.
      Quinnipiac is blatantly anti Repub. and anti DeSantis. This whole week they’ve been putting out surveys trying to hurt DeSantis. All the surveys have been blatantly partisan and one sided. Even with that, Gov. Ron is in the lead and in favorable position in their surveys. Biden has collapsed in state.

      A.G., of course partisan Democrat Florida voters do not support Gov.Ron for President. It does not matter what they think in a inner party effort.

      The only objective fair poll has been Sussequhia poll which has America’s Governor up sizably for re elect.

      Quinnipiac is a blatantly Democrat partisan poll and has been hostile to Republican candidates. Even with all that, collectively all the surveys released in past 3 weeks demonstrate the Govs strong position. What a hack job by Quinnipiac.

      Republican voters will be open to America’s Governor if he chooses to do run but it’s not likely with 45 in the very likely process.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 26, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Elect a person that has a proven record of supporting and promoting common good! Duffus Desantis is a damn murderer and drug dealer! Duffus Desantis does what is necessary for his own political goals! Lock up this damn piece of trash!

  • JD

    August 26, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Quinnipiac is aligned with Democrats.

    Sussequhia is aligned with The Federalist (i.e. Republicans)

    Where is an unaffiliated party poll these days? Everyone sees bias in them and won’t take any stock in them because of it.

    It doesn’t matter until election day anyway.

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