Ron DeSantis bests Donald Trump in Wisconsin GOP straw poll
Donald Trump gives Ron DeSantis the cold shoulder.

Most 2024 polls show the former President as the GOP frontrunner. Could that change?

In the latest in a series of indications of Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ rising position in the Republican Party, a straw poll of 2024 presidential primary preferences of 325 Wisconsin Republican activists saw him outperform former President Donald Trump.

The Saturday poll of attendees of the Wisconsin Republican Convention, reported on by, saw DeSantis get 38% of the vote in a hypothetical 2024 GOP field that included over two dozen potential candidates.

Trump got 32% of the vote, and no one else was even close: former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got 7% of the vote, good for third place.

DeSantis was the only major Florida Republican to poll above low single digits. Sen. Marco Rubio had 2% support, and his in-state Senate colleague Rick Scott was under 1%.

The poll suggested Trump fatigue may be setting in, with just 43% of respondents supportive of another Trump campaign even happening.

Though straw polls can be wildly variable, this non-scientific survey tracks with more formal polling showing DeSantis is becoming a first choice with an increasing amount of Republicans as a potential 2024 GOP standard bearer.

DeSantis’ positioning is getting stronger as 2024 speculation simmers, while Trump struggles to get majority support in state polling.

The May poll from Texas’ CWS Research offers one such example. It shows that Trump would only command 45% support in a field with DeSantis and other Republicans. DeSantis’ 28% is a strong second, a full eight points up from April polling from this same group.

The same trend holds true in North Carolina, where a competitive Primary season has led to prospective 2024 questions as well in a series of polls.

National polls corroborate the more granular surveys of what is still a hypothetical contest. DeSantis is a strong second to Trump in surveys testing the two names in the same question.

Without Trump in the field, DeSantis wins most of these surveys by commanding margins.

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

    May 22, 2022 at 8:28 am

    No surprise anymore.
    DeSantis dominates the political spectrum.
    America’s Governor, people see the leadership and accomplishments. Trump still has very strong support within the grassroots. DeSantis is the new generation leader! Good for America’s Governor!

    • Tim

      May 23, 2022 at 1:26 am

      DeSantis is just another Ivy leage lawyer cynically pandering to the base so he can get elected. Don’t be fooled! A DeSantis presidency would produce no CHANGE!

      • Dennis

        May 24, 2022 at 9:06 am

        Do your homework Tim. He is a leader, conservative, intellegent, common sense policies.

  • Ocean Joe

    May 22, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Bloat isn’t going to like this. Like the elections (2016 AND 2020) he will claim the straw poll is fake news. Pudge is riding high, Republicans like all the culture war stuff he spews.
    But the real question raised here, that must be answered: who are the 1% who supported Rick Scott? Did the poll include convicts?

    • Lynda

      May 22, 2022 at 10:55 am

      Great comment about Scott.

      Which part of Scott’s 11 point plan is responsible for his poor showing in the poll? Is it the taxation of low income people (to give them “skin in the game” or the ending of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?

  • Lynda

    May 22, 2022 at 10:50 am

    After the job-killing activities of Scott Walker (former WI governor) who also wanted to be America’s Governor, deSantis probably looks good in contrast as he reaches closer to a real dictator in actions. Even Walker only dreamed of having his own private “Election Integrity” army to suppress free and fair elections.

  • Tom

    May 23, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Wah Wah, America’s Gov saluted around the country for his great work and leadership. Repub. love him, Floridians love him.
    The whiz kid Gov whizzes upon you daily.
    Lynda and Tim, cry eye.
    Read it and weep.

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