Ron DeSantis tops Donald Trump in national 2024 poll when first and second choices combined
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More polling makes the case for a DeSantis run for the White House.

A fresh national survey offers new evidence of Ron DeSantis’ viability if he runs for President in 2024.

A Suffolk University/USA TODAY survey shows DeSantis ahead of Trump in hypothetical presidential preference Primary polling that combined first and second choices among possible candidates.

When first and second choices were combined, DeSantis was ahead of all potential candidates, including former President Donald Trump. Sixty-four percent of respondents favored DeSantis in one of the top two slots, which put the Governor 7 points above Trump.

Other candidates lagged. Former Vice President Mike Pence drew 17% support when first and second choice balloting was added up, while former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley garnered 15% “top-two” support.

DeSantis was not able to dethrone Trump as the top choice overall for 2024, however.

In first-choice balloting only, Trump led the field, but without a clear majority of poll respondents. The former President was the choice of 43% of the question’s 414 respondents, with 34% preferring DeSantis. Another 8% were undecided, with Pence drawing 7% for a distant third place.

Although Trump still has a strong plurality of first-choice backers, this polling offers still more evidence that a significant amount of likely Primary voters are ruling out the former President altogether.

DeSantis topped second-choice balloting, with 32% support. That’s more than double the backing of any other potential candidate. Trump’s second-choice 16% was good for a distant second place to DeSantis, with Haley and Pence just three and five points behind the former President.

The Suffolk University/USA Today poll is the latest bit of positive polling news for the Governor. A four-state battleground survey conducted this week by the John Bolton Super PAC showed DeSantis ahead in two of those states.

While neighboring Georgia may not have been that major a surprise, DeSantis’ hypothetical lead in Ohio is the latest example that the Florida Governor may have national appeal among GOP Primary voters. However, he continues to be coy when reporters ask him if he’s going to run in 2024.

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


  • Joe Corsin

    July 29, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Vote RED for religious police and religious law
    Vote RED for 10 consecutive life sentences for DUI
    Vote RED for neo nazi shills for the rich
    Vote RED for cheesey New York billionaires
    Vote RED for low wage slavery

  • PeterH

    July 29, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Betting on the right “culture warrior, QAnon programmed” horse is all the Republican Party has left.
    Policy driven candidates are no longer polled.

    • Impeach Biden

      July 31, 2022 at 10:28 am

      How would you describe the brain dead teleprompter reader that currently occupies that White House?

  • Elliott Offen

    July 29, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    It’s really only a good strategy if you consider your constituents to be stupid people. Sad their constituents lack that sort of insight and don’t understand they are being grifted to a husk psychologically and financially by the hogs.

  • Don’t Look Up

    July 29, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    How and why should Americans chose between incompetent and very bad? Simply don’t vote for Republicans. VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE.

    • Impeach Biden

      July 29, 2022 at 7:48 pm

      So DeSantis attended Yale. He was Captain of the baseball team. Then he attends Harvard Law, and after 9-11 joins the United States Navy and becomes an officer. You call him an idiot. If that is your definition of an idiot then I’ll take all of the people like that instead of a plagiarizing bum that dodged the draft and has been a government worker his entire life.

      • Marylou

        July 31, 2022 at 12:00 pm

        DeSantis: Elite Northeastern Yale, Elite Northeastern Harvard Law Degree, Commissioned Officer-so not earned in the Navy–went directly with no military service in 2004 (years after 9/11), military lawyer working directly with Guantanamo inmates (Defense Lawyer?), Urinalysis Unit policing enlisted service-people for joint -smoking, prosecuted Court Martials of service members who were doing the actual Navy work, DeSantis is very secretive about his military “service”, and continues to refuse to answer questions about it. He worked in the Law Dept, not doing the actual honorable work of enlisted members. Looks like he just didn’t do much to help the enlisted men and women.

        • Impeach Biden

          July 31, 2022 at 12:53 pm

          You know nothing about the military and your above post proves it. Did you have an issue with Obama attending an elite Northeastern University?

          • marylou

            July 31, 2022 at 2:40 pm

            Ron is the one criticizing the Northeastern Elites in order to get his base angry and distracted. He is one! My (many) issues with Obama don’t include his education. Is there any additional ron military info that I missed? Like I said, he is very secretive….

        • John Flanagan

          August 4, 2022 at 10:08 am

          Do you think you can teach a Bot to make a coherent sentence?

    • Donald

      August 1, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      It’s very obvious you’re totally delusional saying such a thing about voting Republicans out. Take a really good look and do your homework thoroughly before you open your mouth otherwise keep it the hell shut.

      • Elliott Offen

        August 1, 2022 at 6:13 pm

        They should be executed…for the last 20 years of hell they’ve brought through war, obstruction and sabotage of government, and of course trainwreck Trump now Trumpflation. The Trump virus was pretty bad as well.

  • Impeach Biden

    July 29, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Corsin and Offen is definitely the same person and or bot. No way there are two people this stupid.

    • Yes there is

      August 2, 2022 at 10:33 pm

      “No way there are people this stupid

      Ron desantis: hi
      Donald trump: hi

  • David In Shoreline

    July 29, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    I’m loving these polls. Before we know it, America’s Governor will be America’s next President.

    • Impeach Biden

      July 30, 2022 at 5:31 am

      As he should be. I hate to see DeSantis go as Governor, but Jimmy Carter2, Pelosi, and Schumer all need to be shown the door to the old folks home.

  • Mark

    July 30, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Republican primaries must require Ranked Choice Voting, else Trump will win without a majority again. That will definitely help democrats. So, actually, don’t use RCV.

  • Impeach Biden

    July 30, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Well reading the responses here I see some of the less than 30% that still support Jimmy Carter2. All of you pack your bags and move back to your “BLUE” states. We don’t want your politics here in Florida. Don’t California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois my Florida.

    • Bill

      July 30, 2022 at 10:01 am

      You’re still mistaking people who voted against trump for biden supporters. trump’s gone. Biden did his job. Now if they’d just pack up everybody over 70 in the House and Senate and get rid of them, life would be much better for all of us. As an aside, I don’t give a flying eff what you want and don’t want. This is still America and people are free to live where they want.

      • Tom

        July 30, 2022 at 4:34 pm

        That’s a oxymoron. Biden did his job, 2 and half yrs left. He and his Corp media conned public, they zeroed Trump out. People were warned, didn’t matter. Hunter cover up, media blackout. His first 18 months have been the worst in modern ages, just abysmal.

        You Bill have the nerve to claim win, ex potus 45 on his worst day, better than this incompetent clown show. Hunter the degenerate.

        If you mean he did his job winning, hope you are happy that he’s destroyed America. WhAt a pathetic presidency, the worst Potus on inflation in modern history. Across the board he’s an F, horrendous! Under any metric he’s the worst president in history! Thanks for destroying America.

        All you Soros Manchurians are pathetically awful. This country is on the brink of disaster and all of you justify it.

    • Trailer

      August 2, 2022 at 10:43 pm

      “We don’t want your politics”

      You all didn’t want to be poor either but you still voted Republican you gotta have more money to be that lol

  • Tom

    July 30, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Gallup, the left Dem polling Org. has Biden at 38% approval. RCP has Biden on individual issues in the low 30’s, on economy and other topics. Civiqs poll has Biden approval at 30% in Florida. He’s abysmal.

    Florida Repub. and national Repub. Will benefit, with 25 to 50 House seats flip and 6 Senate seats. The lower Biden’s approval the note Repub. pickups.

    Chameleon, Fraud and Dumings have no chance. Recession is real and hurting working families. Florida is stronger with 2.8% thanks to Gov.

    Rising tide for all in DeSantis Florida.

  • John Barron

    July 31, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Swamp Trash DeSantis doesn’t have a chance. The GOP is looking to other voices.

    • Impeach Biden

      July 31, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      History might be repeating itself. Way back we had a horrible Democrat President Jimmy Carter. Ronald Reagan ran against him and beat him. Now we have another horrible Democrat President, I call him Jimmy Carter2. DeSantis reminds me a lot of Ronald Reagan, one of our greatest President’s ever. We need a strong, smart leader like DeSantis. Hate to lose him as Governor but this country needs fixing.

      • Joe Corsin

        August 1, 2022 at 6:14 pm

        ^ Brainwashed by neo nazi propaganda. Should be shot for the sake of humanity…

  • Bend

    August 3, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Ii fought the law and the law won.

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