Ron DeSantis tops Donald Trump among affluent Republicans in new 2024 poll

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Trump still leads overall.

A new poll of a hypothetical 2024 Republican Presidential Primary field has Donald Trump ahead among most demographics, but one key voting bloc prefers Gov. Ron DeSantis over the former President.

A new survey from Yahoo! and YouGov of 420 registered voters shows that among respondents making at least $100,000 a year, DeSantis is the choice of 36% of them for the 2024 GOP nomination. Trump came in second place, with 28% support.

DeSantis also is in first place among independent voters indicating a primary preference, with 32% support compared to 30% for Trump.

These were the only two demographics DeSantis carried. Overall, Trump had 44% support, DeSantis 23%. No other name surveyed had more than 5% support.

DeSantis also led among voters making more than $100,000 a year in the November survey from the same pollster. Last month, DeSantis was the choice of 31% of relatively affluent Republican Primary voters, eight percentage points ahead of the former President.

Still, Trump continues to say DeSantis would back out of any plans to run for President, because the Governor knows he can’t win against him.

“I do think if I run, he won’t,” Trump told South Florida radio host Brian Mudd in November. “I know they try and create a friction. I don’t think it exists at all. It might, you know, you never know. If he wanted to run, that’s OK with me. I think we’d win by a lot. But he’s good. And he’s done a good job as Governor.”

Trump had previously said he thought DeSantis would “drop out” of any 2024 race if Trump got in. DeSantis likewise has been coy when asked about 2024, calling the chatter about it “nonsense.”

One potential complication for DeSantis in 2024 is a former aide working closely with Trump already. Susie Wiles, who was exiled from DeSantis’ orbit, was key to Trump winning Florida in 2016 before spearheading DeSantis’ defeat of Democrat Andrew Gillum.

DeSantis parted ways with Wiles soon after his election. If there is a direct face off between DeSantis and Trump ahead of 2024, expect Wiles to have a unique perspective on how to maximize Trump’s leverage against his one-time political protege.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Tom

    December 28, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    America’s Governor will not seek presidency vs Trump. No Republican will defeat Trump.
    DeSantis could give him a run but the. Ex President garners support snd loyalty within the GOP voter base.

    If 45 does not run, DeSantis would have a 55% chance or better winning the nomination. The contrast opposing Biden in the general would overwhelm the voters and he would win the presidency. Early to mid 40’s, compared to Bidens early 80’s. Biden and WH staff don’t talk bout DeSantis anymore as they know they mistakenly did.

    DeSantis has all the ideas, energy and passion due to his leadership. America’s Governor will get re-elected and the W H is within his reach.

  • Ron Ogden

    December 30, 2021 at 5:47 am

    Tiny sample of mixed voters. Low value poll. DeSantis is too smart to let his ambitions run him. He is young, He can bide his time. Who’d want the damn job anyway?

  • nancy swindle

    December 30, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    I hope they run as Trump pres. and Desantis Vice- pres

    • Tom

      January 1, 2022 at 9:44 am

      I hope not Nancy and all.
      America’s Gov has his own brand.
      Frankly, we need a clean start, fresh face. Gov Ron would be that and would win in Nov 24.

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