‘I don’t do straw polls’: Ron DeSantis deflects 2024 buzz

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'They just put my name into these things, you know?'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is downplaying recent straw polls showing him as a leading presidential prospect in 2024.

DeSantis has outperformed former President Donald Trump in a number of such informal surveys at various events in recent weeks, a phenomenon leading to an increasing amount of stories on the seeming trend.

As he has done when asked about a desire to run for President in 2024, DeSantis sidestepped the question.

“I don’t do straw polls. They just put my name into these things, you know? It’s just, like, so what am I supposed to do? Like they sell merchandise and everything. I kind of would like to get royalties on that,” DeSantis quipped Wednesday in Fort Myers Beach.

DeSantis continues to demonstrate a national reach with the most passionate partisans in the party as a potential alternative to the former President.

Last weekend, the Western Conservative Summit 2024 straw poll in Colorado saw 71% approval for a DeSantis run, four points ahead of Trump. No other candidate drew even 30% support, suggesting that DeSantis continues to consolidate the “anybody but Trump” lane.

The event, associated with Colorado Christian University, is the second recent straw poll conducted far away from the Sunshine State to show DeSantis topping Trump.

A poll of 325 attendees at the Wisconsin Republican Convention, reported by WisPolitics.com, saw DeSantis receive 38% of the vote in a hypothetical 2024 GOP field that included over two dozen potential candidates. Trump was six points behind the Governor.

Closer to home, a Jacksonville straw poll held by the conservative radio station WBOB, which included over 700 respondents, saw DeSantis top Trump, 53% to 47%.

Formal polling of a potential race, meanwhile, shows Trump is still atop the hypothetical 2024 horse race. The Club for Growth told the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman that Trump won “handily” in a series of statewide head-to-head polls of a potential Primary matchup with 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


  • Ocean Joe

    June 8, 2022 at 11:26 am

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  • Golf

    June 8, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Would you like to hold mr trump and and mr desantis balls?

  • Earl Pitts American

    June 8, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Sorry leftys you got it all wrong:
    Its going to be the Trump/DeSantis tickit for 2024.
    For 2028 the DeSantis/Fill In The Blank tickit.
    For 2032 the DeSantid/Fill In The Blank tickit.
    Thank You,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Bill

      June 9, 2022 at 7:29 am

      Somehow I don’t see DeSantis kowtowing to Trump the way that Pense used to. What would be the upside for him in doing that?

      • Earl Pitts American

        June 9, 2022 at 8:55 am

        While there is much respect to Pense for wearing his religon on his sleeve in this increasingly heathen nation thats about all he consistantly did and all the respect he deserves. I think Pense did overdo the whole religion thing to the point of unnecessarly loosing respect from many Americans who follow other or no religious beliefs.

        You are correct Pense was a kowtower to Trump and also to the leftists. In that respect Pense was an annoying low energy RINO much in the same way Jeb Bush would have been had Bush won in 2016.
        A good back and forth between a strong President and strong VP is what these difficult times require to fix the damage done to our nation here and on the world stage.
        They will work well together.

        • mike

          June 10, 2022 at 9:05 am

          Seriously? Nobody knows how to spell his name?

    • Yeah

      June 11, 2022 at 9:16 am

      It is like saying Russia hack the meat department 3 years ago and you have to pay 9 dollars a pound for ever and ever

  • Frankie M.

    June 8, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Finally something we can all agree on…polls don’t mean squat unless we’re talkin bout JB’s numbahs being in the toilet

  • Buck Datrend

    June 9, 2022 at 2:23 am

    “. . .a phenomenon leading to an increasing amount of stories on the seeming trend.”
    Go your own way AG, puhleeze!

  • Boricua

    June 9, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Multiple northeastern blogs are reporting that DeSantis is being shut out of the big money that sits in NJ. The people around Ciattarelli dont like DeSantis attacks on private business like Disney and the Rays.

    • Tom

      June 10, 2022 at 8:11 pm

      Who the hell is cittarelli?
      Who cares what he thinks?
      Disney deserved every bit of it.
      As for the Rays, they can pound sand. Are you crazy? Please try to criticize a veto of an apparent leftist Org that is trying to soak taxpayers monies for a spring training stadium, with a guise for children’s recreation. Screw them.
      Millionaires don’t need $35 million from hardworking taxpayers period.
      Tell cittarelli to pound sand.

      DeSantis raises over $120 million and you suggest he has a problem. He’s doing an event Sunday in NYC.
      Spare me.

  • Tom

    June 10, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Boricua that’s a crock of Adam SCHIFF.
    Please, Chris Christie has no chance period.
    Sununu vetoed twice a Republican Congressional map.
    Gov Ron has held events out East. He’s participating in one this weekend. You don’t raise $120 million without east coast help.

    Earl, sorry Gov Ron ain’t likely to run with ex potus 45., not happening. It comes down to style. I doubt he will run vs Trump but you never known.

    What is clear, Is that he’s the leader of the conservative movement. He is a new generation leader, and within the GOP,, he is the alternative to 45. No one else is close.

    Chameleon snd fraud have no chance.
    America’s Gov wins wins easily.

  • tom palmer

    June 10, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    I thought DeSantis and the Legislature banned any measures regarding straws.

    • Tom

      June 10, 2022 at 10:31 pm

      Palmer I replied to you on Lake O.
      You should man up and acknowledge the great work Gov Ron did with 3 yr increased appropriations and the recent veto protecting actuaries and waterways while improving Lake O. Admit that you are wrong and acknowledge his leadership.

      DeSantis is the best Florida Gov. on environment in 40 yrs. He will do for America what he’s done for Florida.

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