Poll: Ron DeSantis’ Ukraine position playing poorly outside GOP Primary

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One group of voters is ready to cut bait on Ukraine. DeSantis needs them in 2024.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been pilloried by many of his fellow politicians on the right for an unwillingness to take sides in Ukraine.

But new polling suggests the Governor’s stance that a “territorial dispute” with Ukraine was not one of America’s “vital national interests” is a potent play with Republican Primary voters. As well, it seems to be one of the issues that define him with voters writ large.

In a write-up of its poll findings Tuesday, Morning Consult frames the issue with a provocative headline: “DeSantis’ position on Ukraine divides the GOP base and has few backers among the broader electorate.”

The sub-headline also is revealing: “Ukraine-skeptic messages resonate more with Republican base.”

Indeed, support for Ukraine is underwater with Republican Primary voters. Just 37% believe helping the country is a “vital U.S. interest,” with 46% asserting it isn’t. The issue is closer with people just identified as Republican in the poll, but still underwater, with 41% ready to cut bait on Ukraine and 39% still supporting the mission.

This compares to 49% of all voters believing Ukraine matters to America, with 29% believing otherwise.

The poll’s release comes one day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to DeSantis and other war-weary Americans with a domino-theory-style analogy.

“If we will not have enough weapons, that means we will be weak. If we will be weak, they will occupy us. If they occupy us, they will be on the borders of Moldova and they will occupy Moldova. When they have occupied Moldova, they will (travel through) Belarus and they will occupy Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia,” Zelenskyy argued.

Despite constant promotion from Fox News in the wake of the release of his new book, “The Courage to Be Free,” it appears Republicans and Republican Primary voters have roughly the same awareness of DeSantis’ dove position in the proxy war with Russia. They’re as likely as not to know his position.

A full 50% of GOP Primary voters had heard “a lot” or “some” about it, with 50% having heard “not much” or “nothing.” The awareness split was 49% to 51% with the cohort of registered Republicans, and 50% to 49% with registered voters.

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


  • Neville Chamberlain waves Hello

    March 21, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Just give Putin what he wants, amiright?

  • PeterH

    March 21, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Today’s Washington Post has an excellent article written by conservative Max Boot concerning the radical right’s (think Ron DeSantis) position on NATO and Ukraine!

    See: “ The pre-Pearl Harbor GOP is back”

  • SteveHC

    March 21, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    It was like-minded Americans whose lack of concern for Nazis’ activities in Europe and Japan’s in Asia that lead to full-blown WW II, the Holocaust, and the bombing of the US at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Sorry, but it pains me to see such idiocy in play politically. Absolutely disgusting.

  • Earl Pitts American

    March 22, 2023 at 7:04 am

    Good morning America,
    Whats wrong with an international agreement between the three tyrants? Everyone gets happy with the Earl Pitts American plan.
    Tyrant Putin gets Ukraine, Tyrant Xe gets Taiwan, Tyrant Biden gets Cuba.
    Bada Boom Bada Bing just like that – tyrant meeting over – every little Tyrant goes home with a prize to hold over their head.
    Crisis over everyone goes home happy, everyone gets a trophy, the balance of power in the world restored.
    Its a good thing the planet is blessed with Earl Pitts American to resolve such complex world problems. I’m flying over to the mid-east this weekend to bring peace and love to that world hotspot forever.
    You are welcome America,
    Earl Pitts American

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