Double-digit deficit for Ron DeSantis in newly released Arizona poll

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'Big DeSantis Energy' isn't getting him over Donald Trump yet.

Another poll shows Arizona Republicans aren’t quite sold on a Ron DeSantis campaign for President.

A survey released by OH Predictive showed DeSantis down by more than 15 points to former President Donald Trump.

Trump drew 42% in the poll, with DeSantis taking 26% support. Farther back, Vice President Mike Pence scored 8% support, while former United Nations envoy Nikki Haley and former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney mustered 5% backing. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz drew 3% despite ruling out a run, with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo getting 2%.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got 1% support, while 8% of respondents wanted a different option.

Despite the DeSantis deficit, there was some good news for him in the polling, which saw 350 Republican voters canvassed between Jan. 31 and Feb. 8.

“Ron DeSantis appears to be a suitable bridge between the Trump and non-Trump wings of the GOP,” said OH Predictive’s Mike Noble.

Per the polling memo: “Six in 10 Republican voters who say there is room for Trump in today’s GOP would be satisfied if DeSantis were the nominee. … Only 10% of Room-for-Trump-Republicans would be dissatisfied with DeSantis as the nominee, along with 24% of No-Room-for-Trump-Republicans.”

Those caveats aside, the OH Predictive poll is less positive for DeSantis than another recent Arizona poll. A survey conducted from Jan. 5-8 by Blueprint Polling shows the former President taking 43% support, with the Florida Governor garnering 34%. Previous polling of Arizona Republicans also suggested DeSantis was the top second choice to Trump.

Though DeSantis continues to contend he’s not running for President, he did make a campaign swing to Arizona last year for failed candidates Kari Lake and Blake Masters.

At that stop, Lake offered a provocative quote comparing the Governor to the former President.

“He’s got BDE. I call it Big DeSantis Energy. He’s got the same kind of BDE President Trump has,” Lake said, introducing DeSantis as a Governor who brought “Trump strength” to Florida.

Lake has already turned on DeSantis, however, sharing an article falsely suggesting George Soros backed his run for President.

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


  • No satisfaction

    February 28, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    He’s the one shot kid
    Ask his wife if you can get her to say something besides eh uh huh lol

  • DullSantis vs Orange Florida Man

    February 28, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    This is great. DullSantis is falling like a rock before he even hits the stage and everyone finally sees how dull he really is. Add in a few more clowns to that candidate list and we’ll have a real circus.

  • Ron DeFascist

    March 1, 2023 at 12:09 am

    You mean Meatball’s racism, authoritarism and anti-education rhetoric won’t play on the national stage?

  • John

    March 5, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    With a larger field of Republicans, you get the votes spread out and Trump easily gets the nod for president….that’s what he wants…but he can’t even beat sleepy joe…so why even run? Seems like alot of money that could be spent on something more practical, like a wall.
    .lmfao…we all see what a great waste of money that was….

  • John

    March 5, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    The larger the field, the easier it is for Trump to get the nod for another run, his last no matter what happens…but he can’t even beat sleepy joe…time to find another idiot to run…is it that hard to find republican candidates?

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