Ron DeSantis a ‘distant second’ to Donald Trump in new poll of 2024 prospects

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34% of GOP respondents view DeSantis unfavorably.

Another survey shows Republicans still want Donald Trump to run again in 2024, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis labeled a “distant second” choice.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Dec. 9-13 showed Trump as the choice of 54% of the 1,592 Republicans surveyed, well ahead of DeSantis at 11%.

Other candidates were in single digits. Former Vice President Mike Pence‘s 8% was good for third place, with all other candidates under 5%.

Reuters did not poll a field without Trump in this survey, but the poll did delve into questions of DeSantis’ name recognition and relative favorability.

More than three out of four respondents, including 80% of Republicans, had heard of DeSantis.

But he was underwater overall, with 55% of all respondents against him and 64% of independents regarding DeSantis unfavorably.

Given the “America’s Governor” imprimatur bestowed upon him by supporters, one would expect Republicans to overwhelmingly back DeSantis. However, only 66% of GOP respondents saw DeSantis favorably, with 34% sour on the Governor.

Meanwhile, 82% of Republican respondents regarded Trump favorably. Trump was just one point better than DeSantis among independents, at 37%.

This poll reflects one of the wider spreads between DeSantis and Trump. Other recent polling has shown a more competitive landscape.

A December survey from Yahoo! and YouGov of 420 registered voters shows that among respondents making at least $100,000 a year, DeSantis was the first-place choice over Trump.

DeSantis also was in first place in that poll among independent voters indicating a Primary preference, with 32% support compared to 30% for Trump.

Overall, Trump had 44% support to DeSantis’ 23% in the Yahoo! poll.

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. “If he wanted to run, that’s OK with me. I think we’d win by a lot.”

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.”

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

    January 3, 2022 at 5:37 am

    Sounds like a spoiled survey sandbagged with Dums to sabotage America’s Governor. Pretty low end. DeSantis is strong shape within state and within party. Ipsos is a major leftist Dem party polling Org. DeSantis main focus is a for Governor! Always time after that to consider.

  • Alex

    January 3, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Yes, the worst president in history, or the governor who bans mask mandates and wants his own private army.

    • This guys a libtard

      January 12, 2022 at 3:44 am

      what are you liberal or something

  • PeterH

    January 3, 2022 at 7:44 am

    Desperate Republicans are rearranging the deck chairs on their version of the Titanic!

  • Frankie M.

    January 3, 2022 at 9:36 am

    I’m worried about Ronnie. I haven’t seen him on TV in the last 3 minutes railing against Biden, CRT, masks, and/or vaccines. This is out of character for him. Can somebody check on him and make sure he’s okay?

    • Tom

      January 3, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Frankie, you and the pile are back.
      How bout the W. H. alzie Biden & giggles Harris purposefully didn’t order the take home tests in October.
      They still haven’t authorized paid for new. Senators asking where $80 million for tests went.
      Pathetically disgraceful your incompetent team. To be clear full stop, they will plunge 3 to 5 more points nationally. Independents have abandoned the Dems, as have Hispanics. Total alignment coming.
      You can’t blame Trump. He left everything vaccines, therapeutics and tests. Incompetence times 5.

      Day of reckoning coming, as a electoral & political expert when you extrapolate N J & VA, it’s a disaster for Dems. 60 seat swing net house.
      Still no fda commish.
      Weasel Elmo peter h, how’s the Elmo slippers, What a joke you and the WH clown show are.

    • Tom

      January 3, 2022 at 7:33 pm

      DeSantis America’s Gov will kick
      You, the N Fraud, Dum Dum mayor demings, anyone’s else’s ass.

  • This guys a libtard

    January 12, 2022 at 3:45 am

    Commie need go away. Florida/USA is NOT for you. Have fun Dieing.

  • Lefties die

    January 12, 2022 at 3:48 am

    Commies, lefties, liberals get ALL the bullets.

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