New presidential poll shows Ron DeSantis’ numbers on the upswing against Donald Trump
Ron DeSantis has a quick response to Donald Trump's taunts. Image via AP.

The poll released Sunday show the Governor might have bottomed out last month among GOP voters.

A new NBC News poll shows Ron DeSantis behind Donald Trump, but the Governor’s numbers show his popularity among Republican Primary voters has hit a new high since March in the match-up against the former President.

The major network conducted a poll of 1,000 voters April 14-18 and found that if the Primary was held today, DeSantis would be the choice of 31% of Republicans polled, compared to the 46% lining up behind Trump. Those are DeSantis’ best numbers since a Quinnipiac poll released March 31 put him at the same level 10 national polls ago.

The polling period for NBC News included two days of intense media coverage regarding DeSantis’ announcement about punishing Disney World for moves that rendered a Governor-appointed board powerless. 

The NBC News poll shows former Vice President Mike Pence at a distant third — the choice of 6% of the 292 Republican voters polled. And then former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott  of  South Carolina each drew 3% among those polled.

DeSantis hasn’t announced his presidential campaign yet, but he’s consistently polling ahead of Haley, who’s already thrown her hat in the ring.

Still, the poll results show that Republicans are standing behind the former President when it comes to his legal woes. After a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict him March 30, more than two-thirds of those polled — 68% — said they agreed with the statement that the investigations “are a politically motivated attempt to stop Trump. No other candidate is like him, we must support him.”

And just 26% of the Republicans polled said this statement comes closer to their view: “It is important to nominate a candidate who will not be distracted and can beat (President) Joe Biden.”

Paradoxically, another headline of the poll also shows the nation at large is not so much into sequels when it comes to presidential politics. A substantial majority of all Americans don’t want Trump or Biden running for President in 2024.

According to the survey, 70% of all Americans — including 51% of Democrats — believe Biden should not run for a second term. The majority of those who said that said age was a major reason. As for Trump, 60% of Americans — including a third of Republicans — think the former president shouldn’t run in 2024.

When considering all 1,000 adults surveyed, the margin of error was +/-3.1 %.




Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Earl Pitts American

    April 23, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    Good evening America,
    Be afraid dook 4 brains leftists be very afraid.
    You dook 4 brains leftists were all so “We beat Orange Man Bad last time – we can beat him again”. All dook 4 brains were ever so happy as long as Orange Man Bad was leading the polls.

    But here comes the poll that fills your little evil dook 4 brains hearts full of fear.
    Yes the young Republican that reminds America of former President Kennedy is leading this poll.

    Be afraid dook 4 brains leftists. Be very afraid.
    Thank you dook 4 brains leftists and thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Political Go To Guru” American

    • Elliott Offen

      April 23, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      👆 About the smartest conservative in existence right here. Also, the most sane.

      • Earl Pitts American

        April 23, 2023 at 8:29 pm

        Thank you Smelliot,
        We are a Great Team: Earl & Smell.
        Earl Pitts American

        • Elliott Offen

          April 23, 2023 at 8:47 pm

          Hardcore Russia troll Earl Pitts..

          • Dont Say FLA

            April 24, 2023 at 8:57 am

            Earl is obviously an American. It says so right there in his name. Also, his grammar and spelling are wrong in the way of an uneducated American, not in the way of typos, and not in the way of ESL folks. EPA seems to be a bona-fide American, IMO. If I had to guess, I’d say EPA is either Ron himself or possibly a staffer but it takes a special kind to write self parody without realizing it, so it’s probably Ron himself.

  • Acid Head Ed 👍

    April 23, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    Trump supporters are worse than those who worshipped Hitler and Mao. That is why they will lose in 2024. Just deranged and full of sht. Lying sacks of balls. People tired of these degenerate sub-apes.

  • DeSantis is a failed leader

    April 23, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    DeSantis will get knocked out within four months after he starts his campaign. He got in way too early and he’s way too much of a bully and therefore he’s lost electability.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 24, 2023 at 8:29 am

    Two guys singing the white nationalist song vying for the GOP’s Presidential ticket, neither with a chance in hell of being elected President in Nov 2024. With Trump’s main grievance, the so-called stolen election, now officially dead and buried under the three quarter billion dollar payout from Fox News to Dominion Voting Systems and another payout coming for Smartmatic based on the same facts but for twice the price, Trump doesn’t enough money to write that check for any further Stop the Steal lies , so what on Earth is his plan? He’s got nothing except “I’m white, you’re white, they’re trying to stick to us like we stuck it to them for 400+ years,” and that is a very losing argument. That kind of thinking is why the losing whites are losing. If the whites can’t take the heat in a fair market, maybe stay out the kitchen, buncha losers.

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