Ahead of Alabama trip next month, Ron DeSantis tops 50% in 2024 poll
Ron DeSantis boosted his national profile by denying COVID-19 mandates and mandatory vaccinations. Image via AP.

Will a deeper field hurt DeSantis' vote share?

Gov. Ron DeSantis is headed to neighboring Alabama next month, and a recent poll suggests local Republicans will be happy to see him.

A survey of 500 likely GOP Primary voters conducted from Jan. 14 through Jan. 16 by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Alabama Families for Great Schools, first reported by the Alabama Daily News, shows the Governor at 53% in a two-person competition with former President Donald Trump, who mustered just 35% in the hypothetical.

Of those surveyed, 31% are “definitely” DeSantis, 20% “probably” backing the Florida Governor, and 3% leaning toward him. with rounding driving the subcategories to a 53% total. Trump had 25% “definitely” supporting him and another 6% “probably” backing the former President, with an additional 4% leaning his way.

This flips the result of a poll from October conducted for the same outlet, that showed Trump commanding 50% support in a crowded field, with DeSantis mustering 36%.

Of course, the field is expanding, with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley expected to announce later this month. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan are also mulling runs, along with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and presumably others. But the poll is the latest sign to DeSantis enthusiasts that what has worked in Florida could translate to Republican Primary voters next year.

DeSantis will be able to press his advantage, assuming it holds in an expanded field, at the Mar. 9 ALGOP Dinner, to be held in Birmingham. He will be the “special guest,” reports the Alabama Reporter.

“Governor DeSantis needs no introduction, and I am thrilled to welcome one of America’s strongest Republican leaders to the State of Alabama. This is an amazing opportunity for our state, as well as the Alabama Republican Party, ” said ALGOP Chairman John Wahl.

DeSantis continues to show strength against the former President in single-state polling, more meaningful than national surveys as the selection process is state-by-state.



A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Concerned American

    February 4, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Well, Alabama and North Florida aren’t really known for their genius… just like when they elected Trump. As long as they have an R, they vote for them. It’s not about quality its about the R

    • Elliott Offen

      February 5, 2023 at 9:58 am

      These hogs grift these poor people in their districts to a husk. That’s why the Republican leaders come out in full force over social programs. They need poor and desperate people to be hungry so they’ll prostrate themselves before those who actually have money in their districts…at which time they’ll be exploited by the hogs.

  • Militaryvet

    February 4, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    DeSantis is great for FL but not ready for President. If he can win the Republican nomination, then I’ll vote for him. Florida needs him to stand up to his promises. For him to run now for President would show his failure to this foundry.

    • Militaryvet

      February 4, 2023 at 12:59 pm

      ” edit to say ‘this country’ “

    • Roger Williams

      February 4, 2023 at 10:45 pm

      DeSantis has NOT been great for Florida.

    • Joe Corsin

      February 5, 2023 at 10:02 am

      He hasn’t done a fkn thing but blow smoke and fear monger. Also try to welcome everyone from New York and New Jersey here which everyone hates. He hasn’t done anything about mass incarceration or inhumane prisons in Florida, nothing to increase wages, and likes to pull political stunts at other people’s expense. Like people are just pawns to the man. Meanwhile, Florida had a high percentage of people who tried to disrupt a free and fair election all while he created a phoney election police. The man is a nut. His actions have a negative effect on people period. That’s not responsible.

    • Flaoldlady

      February 6, 2023 at 9:22 am

      Not all Floridians think D&T are good for our country.
      Instead, take a look at New Hampshire.

  • Dr. Phill

    February 5, 2023 at 5:13 am

    Has anyone noticed the absloute overkill of media on Desantis and Trump and to a lesser degree the other possable conservative POTUS contenders while at the same time there is nothing, not even a word from media on who the Democrat contender will be?
    I understand the incumbent situation and respect for the sitting POTUS. But everyone already knows America will never allow Biden a second term and Desantis has not even anounced that he will run.
    Try this: remove your mind from your internal baked into your brain political favoritisms and hatereds just long enough to stand back with a clear mind and focus on just what the media is doing. At the same time focus on what the media is not doing. You will see there is a lot to learn which you have not been capable of even considering before.
    By the methods the media is framing the political narrative; media is counting on you being totally incapable of clearing your mind, stepping back, and seeing the big picture of how media totally owns your mind and is an expert at manipulating your thoughts and actions.
    Free your mind of your beloved media drug, kick your media meth habit, you will be a better person if you are able to do it without intervention.
    Think of your family and friends, media junkie, and how much of a totally transparent idiot they see that you have become by being totally owned by media. You can become a better and more healthy person if you kick your media meth habit. Get that lazy butt out of the recliner media meth head.

    • Joe Corsin

      February 5, 2023 at 9:54 am

      Who else has indicated that they will run as a Republican? So you are saying that the media should select other people to focus on when whoever in the hell they are hasn’t even indicated that they’ll run, while at the same time accusing the media of picking certain candidates? And America will never allow Biden a second term? How the hell do you know that’s how things will play out? If they ran Trump against Biden then Biden would win! People aren’t going to vote for that idiot Trump over Biden. So things could go a certain way and Biden could get elected again. Seek help for your crippling booze and pill habit.

      • Dr. Phill

        February 5, 2023 at 7:39 pm

        Ouch spank me again Joey that felt kinda good.

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