Poll: Pennsylvania Republicans prefer Ron DeSantis to Donald Trump
Social media favors the Florida Governor over the Mar-a-Lago retiree.

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'America's Governor' gets traction in the Keystone State.

Polling continues to show Ron DeSantis as the leading alternative to Donald Trump for Republicans in 2024.

The latest example comes from Pennsylvania, where DeSantis is up in a hypothetical faceoff between the Florida Governor and the former President.

A survey conducted by Commonwealth Partners between Nov. 19 and Nov. 21 shows DeSantis commanding 45% support, 5 percentage points ahead of Trump at 40%.

While Trump is ahead among Republican registrants who “definitely” support one of the candidates, 29% to 28%, this result offers an indication of a ceiling when it comes to softer support. While 16% of respondents said they “probably” backed DeSantis, only 10% said they “probably” backed the former President.

Nearly one in six respondents would not commit to either choice, with 4% opting for “neither” or another candidate, and 12% declaring themselves “undecided” in what was presented as a binary choice.

Consistent with these results, DeSantis is regarded more favorably than Trump by the 639 Pennsylvania Republicans polled.

The Governor is +69 with GOP registrants in the Keystone State, with 77% regarding him favorably and 8% going the other way. Trump, meanwhile, was just +56, with 74% regarding him favorably and 18% with an unfavorable view of the former President.

A full 25% of respondents voted in the last four Primaries, with 28% voting in three of four and another 25% voting in two of the last four.

Both DeSantis and Trump campaigned in Pennsylvania during the 2022 cycle, though with less than successful outcomes in each case. DeSantis showed up for GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who lost a lopsided contest. Trump was in the state up until days before the election, when he stumped for failed Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, and spotlighted polling showing him up big against GOP challengers.

“We’re winning big, big, big in the Republican Party for the nomination like nobody has ever seen before,” Trump said, spotlighting a favorable national poll. “There it is, Trump at 71%, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%.”

While national polling continues to be wildly different, state surveys increasingly show DeSantis as a real threat to Trump getting the nomination for the third time.

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


  • Republicans are corrupt

    November 28, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Love how the writer protect desantis and makes trump the villain. Lol. Desantis campaigned for a failed candidate. Several in fact. Lol. It’s way to early to be putting numbers. But keep it up. , you will push the desantis over the agent is losing category

  • Ken

    November 28, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Trump will crush Ron in a primary.. Watch the corrupt Republican machine use Ron and toss him away as they view him the same way they view Trump. Ron needs to hitch his wagon to the Trump wing becuz the RINO wing is finished and corrupt. We vote Trump. Period.

    • Elliott Offen

      November 28, 2022 at 6:25 pm

      He’s politically impotent and radioactive waste dude. He’s not coming back. Seek help for your delusions and intellectual disabilities.

    • Tom

      November 29, 2022 at 6:21 am

      Trump is done, America’s Gov dominates the political landscape.

      Gov Ron is now seen as the new generation leader, his 60% Florida sunshine coalition is a epic landslide.

      People’s are gravitating to his leadership. Independents, soft Dems, Hispanics, women -moms, all people’s are supporting Gov. 60% is the landslide for the ages!

      Gov is leading in all key states already.
      Trump is viewed as past, as will be Biden. DeSantis at 46, in Nov of 24, is the welcomed new leader.

  • David in Shoreline

    November 28, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Voted for Trump twice, but I’m not voting for him a third time. DeSantis 100%. Glad Pennsylvania is starting to see it that way too.

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