Another 2024 poll shows Ron DeSantis in pole position if Donald Trump doesn’t run
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

The Governor hasn't cooled off with Republicans nationwide yet, if polling is accurate.

Yet another poll shows Gov. Ron DeSantis in pole position for the 2024 Republican nomination — if Donald Trump decides not to run for a third time.

The April 2022 McLaughlin & Associates poll, in the field from Apr. 22 to Apr. 26, showed the Governor above 30% for the first time, with more support than what runners-up Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. mustered.

The former President’s son showed strength in this poll with 16% support. That was good for second place. Trump Jr. has consistently performed better in this survey than most polls.

The former Vice President’s 11% support was good for third place in the 2024 hypothetical.

The only other potential candidate in the McLaughlin survey above 5% was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott were niche choices among respondents, commanding 3% and 1% support, respectively.

With Trump included in the question, the dynamic shifted.

DeSantis drew 15% support, compared to the former President’s 57%. Pence drew 9% support, good for third place in that hypothetical where a crowded field of contenders ran against the popular former President in the Primary.

Other recent polls show DeSantis subordinate to Trump in the eyes of Republican voters, but performing better than the 42-point spread in the McLaughlin survey.

A survey from Echelon Insights of 377 Republican registered voters, a subset of a larger poll of 1,001 registered voters, showed that in a head-to-head battle with Trump, DeSantis would command over one-third of the vote.

Trump was still the choice of 55% of those surveyed, but DeSantis’ 34% is among his strongest national performances when matched up against the former President.

In the larger battle royal field without Trump, DeSantis carried 35% support, more than the next four potential candidates.

DeSantis drew the same level of support in another recent survey. The April 2022 Harvard/Harris Poll also showed the Governor with 35% of Republican respondents backing him if former President Trump stands down.

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

    April 29, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    IF Trump doesn’t run. If Trump runs little Ronnie is toast. Please run Trump!!! America needs a real man not a whiny woman like little Ronna DeSantis.

    • Joe DeLoach

      April 29, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      I agree. DeSantis is like an angry bird stuffed shirt. Trump Trump Trump!

    • Joe DeLoach

      April 29, 2022 at 6:48 pm

      I agree. Trump should run DeSantis is an angry bird stuffed shirt. Trump Trump TRUMP!!

    • Tom

      April 29, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      Real Tom here, the legend.
      What a crock from this fake moniker, hallucinator.

      All the polls clearly have America’s
      Governor netting about 35% of the support, without 45 in race. Highly likely # 45 does run again and will get the nomination. So the bar is very high for all potential candidates.

      Flattery and Jealousy is the greatest compliment. Just like FP monitor, your ignorance is laughable and reflects that I am legend! Good going fake moniker.

      America’s Gov second to none! Enjoy

    • Frankie M.

      April 29, 2022 at 8:48 pm

      I agree Tom. America doesn’t want a cheap impersonation of Trump. We don’t want no half crazy Ronnie D. We want the full-monty batshite crazy real deal Trumpmeister.

      • Tom4Trump

        April 29, 2022 at 9:05 pm

        AMEN! Trump Trump Trump. America’s disgrace, Little Ronnie, can stay home and pick fights with cartoon characters.

        • Tom

          April 30, 2022 at 1:30 pm

          Demented fake monikers and losers, fake Tom and Frankie
          You are both mental morons.
          Trump. Trump you cry like school children.

          Your incompetent Potus and Vice offer nothing. LMAO They hate each other.

          King Obama thinks he’s Potus.
          You dumb asses are 5 yrs old.
          DeSAntis crushes Dem, Dum Manchurians like you both daily.

          DeSantis is America’s leader! Now.

      • Tom

        April 29, 2022 at 11:21 pm

        Real Tom here, fake monitor and Frankie what a joke. 9

        You Manchurians can go scratch. Who cares what you degenerates think. Really? After this empty fake head and his degenerate son along with the most incompetent V P in history. Hunter Biden hand over fist with money. Disgraceful.

        The con with mueller, the con with Hillary fake dossier, the con with Russia hoax. You losers have the nerve to give us holy Adam Schiff. The fake impeachment.

        You all should be in jail. It’s a disgrace along with this present WH clown show. Spare us, your retard President destroyed Americas economy. Inflation, gas, and coming recession, foreign wars, and America’s decline.
        Spare us.

  • Stephen klinivk

    April 29, 2022 at 7:29 pm


  • Drew Cass

    April 29, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Trump 2024 and repeal the 22nd amendment

  • sheffield

    April 30, 2022 at 7:54 am

    I said this in another post, and its based on inside info, lots of NJ/NY activists and donors don’t want DeSantis on top of the ticket in 2024.
    If trump doesnt run they are planning on freezing him out of the donor class in the NY/NJ metro area

    • Tom

      April 30, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Yeah spoken like a true Chris Christie blow hard. Gov Ron has and gots over $100 millions. His reach is cross country. He’s in the 30% plus with Trump put,

      Go eat a donut Chris.

      Fake Tom monikers, I am Tom legend! LMAO.

      • David Bruderly

        April 30, 2022 at 10:26 am

        AG…your pro-Trump followers are living in La La Land. Trump is a total failure. Surrendered to the Taliban. Betrayed the Syrian Kurds who defeated ISIS. Tried to destroy NATO. Sucked up to Putin. Orchestrated a failed coup. Lied. Cheated. Trashed deal that blocked Iranian nuclear bomb development. Encouraged Pollution & undermined American leadership in clean energy. Started tariff war with China that did NOTHING to make American manufacturing great again. Had to spend billions to bail out grain farmers. Destroyed dozens of pollution control & ecosystem protection. The man is a fucking con man who cares about nothing but his own power.

        • Tom

          May 1, 2022 at 5:13 pm


          The failure is the present Potus, occupant of the WH moron.

          He’s incompetent, literally as over 50% believe so. His VP is a joke, like he.
          You have nothing, major shellacking coming in Nov. Enjoy,

          Potus us at 36% approval In Florida.
          His numbers are abysmal.
          DeSantis wins easily. Camillion crisp is a flip flopper fish on the hook.

          America’s Gov saved Florida and the USA is next. Do for America, what you have done for Florida.

          DeSantis’s Florida is a rising tide for all, not a few like the Dem, Dums!
          Read winners and losers today.

          America’s Gov the best! Enjoy

  • Impeach Biden

    April 30, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I hope all of you wackos that are anti-DeSantis still have your “Gillum” banners hanging in your front yard so we can all laugh at you.

    • Me

      May 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

      A race that close and COVID still got more descantis voters then Ron.

      You aren’t the one laughing. I am.

  • Tom

    May 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm


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