Early poll of 2024: Ron DeSantis vs. Kamala Harris too close to call
Kamala Harris. Image via AP.

Survey says: DeSantis 40%, Harris 39%.

Polling continues to show that Gov. Ron DeSantis could be strong in the 2024 General Election, were he the Republican nominee for President.

A Harvard/Harris Poll of 1,815 registered voters conducted Jan. 19 and 20 showed DeSantis one point ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris in a hypothetical matchup.

40% of respondents favored DeSantis, while 39% picked Harris.

Though this was a +2 Democrat poll, 41% of respondents identified themselves as “conservative,” skewing the results toward Republicans. Former President Donald Trump performed better than DeSantis against Harris in this survey, with 49% support and a 10-point lead over Harris.

Previous surveys from the same pollster showed DeSantis losing to both Harris and President Joe Biden. This poll did not test a hypothetical Biden Vs. DeSantis matchup, however.

The survey tested other DeSantis questions, including name recognition and relative popularity.

In terms of name identification, two of three respondents, or 66%, had heard of DeSantis, which put him in the middle tier in terms of name recognition. For context, roughly nine of ten respondents had heard of President Joe Biden and former President Trump.

He was slightly less well-known than Antifa, which 68% of respondents

However, DeSantis was better known than former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was only known by 62%.

Meanwhile, the Governor is in positive territory in terms of favorability. 38% of respondents like DeSantis; 28% do not.

The pollsters tested 2024 Republican Primary questions also, but asked all respondents who they preferred, rather than a GOP subset. Former President Donald Trump was in first place with 34% support, ahead of former Vice President Mike Pence at 12% and DeSantis at 8%. Most polls of the race that restrict the Primary question to Republicans see DeSantis in second place.

Pence also prevailed over DeSantis when respondents were asked which potential candidate they preferred if Trump didn’t run. The former Vice President’s 20% support put him three points ahead of DeSantis.

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


  • Charles

    January 29, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    What is a Harvard/Harris poll and who do they poll. Just another instance of Florida politics finding a poll that supports their narrative.
    It’s intentional, disgusting, and why the media and so called journalists are rated lower then sewer rats and pond scum. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find it’s internal polling from the DNC or Harris campaigns.

    If you want to be viewed as professional and credible- you need to act as such

    • Eva

      January 29, 2022 at 8:22 pm

      Poll what poll?🤣🤣🤣 No credibility.

  • zhombre

    January 29, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Hypothetical contest this far from the election is a joke.

  • Bob

    January 29, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    What a joke no comparison

  • Impeach Biden

    January 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for the laugh AG. Kamala’s strength is her handling of the Southern Border crisis. 😜

  • Tom

    January 29, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Just for the record, the Harvard Harris is a liberal poll syndicate. Harvard Univ and the Harris polling comp. Bill and Hillary’s former pollster, Mark Penn is a bona fide Dem pollster.
    He runs the Harvard Harris public opinion research group. It’s supposed to be neutral.

    Biden has collapsed, you Dums don’t understand the significance and severity. Biden and Dems have lost Hispanics, Independents dramatically. It’s going yo be a slaughter election. DeSantis wins re elect and will win WH if he was to run. Harris is worse candidate than Gillium. Biden is negative in 46 states, upside down in Florida as well. It’s a compliment to America’s Gov.

  • Matthew Lusk

    January 31, 2022 at 8:47 am

    The Cackling California Concubine is an existential retard not capable of running a lemonade stand!

  • Matthew Lusk

    January 31, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Over 99.9 percent of American Women are more able to be President than Harris. What an insult to women the Democrat party is.

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