Poll pegs Ron DeSantis at 16% nationally in GOP Primary
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The Governor has struggled in recent polling against the former President.

Ron DeSantis’ poll numbers continue to collapse, with another survey showing a not-so-sweet 16.

A survey of 436 likely GOP Primary voters conducted April 24-27 by McLaughlin and Associates shows DeSantis mustering just 16% in a crowded field including Donald Trump and other declared and potential candidates.

The former President leads the field, with 52% support. DeSantis is firmly in second place, 10 points ahead of Mike Pence (6%), and 12 points ahead of Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy (each with 4%).

Undecided voters make up 7% of the sample, and no other name polled has more than 2% support.

Trump held a 23-point lead when this poll was taken a month ago, and the weeks since have only fortified the former President’s position.

DeSantis’ doldrums extend to the head-to-head sample, where Trump holds 67% support against 26% for DeSantis. To put this in perspective, Trump picks up 60% of the support from the other names when they are excised from the survey.

The McLaughlin poll is the second recent survey to show DeSantis at 16%.

An Emerson College poll in the field Monday and Tuesday of last week has DeSantis 46 points behind Trump. That survey shows Pence in third place again, this time with 7% support.

These polls diverge from the FiveThirtyEight average of polls, which shows a Trump trend in aggregate. The former President leads DeSantis 51% to 23% on average, with Pence at 6% and Nikki Haley at 4%.

Predictably, Trump is gloating as DeSantis struggles, mocking the Governor as he seems to be lurching toward a launch in the coming weeks.

“He’s going to form an exploratory committee to determine — well, that’s a big step because he said he was never looking at committees. Now he’s looking at committees. It’s amazing what being 40 down does,” Trump said on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast Saturday. “The donors are largely leaving him now.”

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


  • tom palmer

    May 1, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    Now is it time to stick a fork in him?

  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    May 1, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    He blew it with the whacko religious laws and right wing police state stuff. Also, the attack on business… first amendment violations. He went full bore neo nazi and now he will pay.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 2, 2023 at 8:30 am

      Don’t forget about Ron Duh’s special arrest squad that’s arresting registered voters for having voted. If they weren’t supposed to vote, Ron Duh’s Government shouldn’t have granted them a voter registration card. End of story. Ron Duh Santies is the one that should be in jail for his government registering ineligible voters, giving them a voter registration card, and then arresting them for using their voter registration card. Lock Ron up!

  • corruption and abuse of power in Florida

    May 1, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    DeSantis needs to prepare himself for corruption and abuse of power charges

    If this had been a purple state, it already would’ve happened. But because we have a super GOP majority. They are complicit in the corruption and abuse of power.

  • Left Wing Lunatic

    May 1, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    What is simply going on here and you left wingers are all in on it. The media is discrediting DeSantis because they know the brain dead and incoherent one along with his incompetent VP can beat Trump. That is what this is all about.

    • David Pakman

      May 1, 2023 at 8:31 pm

      Neither Trump nor DeSantis will win because of you sub-apes. Nobody wants to deal with your stupidity or listen to you idiots anymore.

      • Liberal Lunatic

        May 3, 2023 at 10:18 pm

        Yet you listen to dementia man, giggles Harris, the squad, Fetterman, Hank “Guam is sinking” Johnson, Lori Lightfoot, Gavin Newsom, LaToya Cantrell, Shelia Jackson, and on and on. You call me an ape. I call you a dumb azz.

    • Bert Stimson

      May 1, 2023 at 11:27 pm

      No, LWL, everyone just sees that Tiny D is no good.

  • Michael K

    May 1, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    The more America sees of the Pudgy Putin of the Panhandle, the less there is to like. meanwhile, we are stuck with the bill as we’re dragged to the bottom.

    • Liberal Lunatic

      May 1, 2023 at 7:44 pm

      Putin? Really? What county or city in Florida has DeSantis bombed, destroyed, etc? Where do you come up with these cute yet false accusations? Are Floridian’s fleeing the state due to the policies of your so called Putin? No they keep coming and fleeing the liberal policies of those states that I’m sure you came from as well.

      • Billy the Bamboozler

        May 1, 2023 at 8:29 pm

        I’m sure at least a couple of people have left here over the last decade. Of course that is not something any politician would bring up. Florida will just replenish the population with the dregs of NY.

      • Ocean Joe

        May 2, 2023 at 5:40 am

        The governor and legislature are destroying home rule.
        They are destroying the affordability of home ownership by ignoring or ineffectively responding to the insurance crisis.
        They are destroying our schools, by turning school boards into partisan battlegrounds, injecting indoctrination into the class room so nobody white feels guilty about anything.
        They destroyed by politicizing the integrity of the surgeon general’s office.
        They are now attacking one of Florida’s largest employers for petty revenge. I use “they” but the legislature is packed with worms doing the governor’s bidding, not the public’s.

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 1, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Good evening America,
    Left Wing Lunatic speaks truth. The dook 4 brains other posters are just parroting leftist talking points and trying to be fresh and relevant.
    The whole nation, which are not dook 4 brains leftists, know Geezer Biden’s only shot at a win is to run against Geezer Trump. But Ron will beat Geezer Biden 2 to 1.
    Thank you America,
    Dueces on ypu dook 4 brains leftists,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Elliott Offen

      May 1, 2023 at 8:27 pm

      👆 Needs impatient psychiatric treatment for mania, psychopathy, schizophrenia, and intellectual disability.

      • Earl Pitts American

        May 2, 2023 at 8:47 pm

        Good evening my man Smelloit,
        Keep up the great work my man. You are the best!
        Thank you Smelliott,
        Earl Pitts American

        • Elliott Offen

          May 3, 2023 at 6:47 am

          👆 Report this idiot to FP…neo nazi troll and propagandist.

  • Beth

    May 1, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    DeSantis is the most classic case of napoleon syndrome I have ever seen. His tv ads make no sense whatsoever and he looks and sounds even more unhinged than trump. Can you imagine him interacting with the world leaders? The guy is seriously delusional.

    • Liberal Lunatic

      May 1, 2023 at 8:50 pm

      Really Beth. DeSantis is an ex Naval Officer and Ivy League grad and Harvard Law. Your boy Biden is a draft dodger and was caught plagerizing his way through college. He can’t communicate unless he is reading a teleprompter or referencing his cheat sheets. America deserves a leader that is coherent and lucid. Biden is a bumbling idiot.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 2, 2023 at 8:37 am

        Yo’, tro-LL, you might want to avoid saber rattling Ron Duh’s ex Naval Officer status. We all saw the pictures from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp where he “served” as prison guard. We all saw what happened down there.

        • Liberal Lunatic

          May 2, 2023 at 8:09 pm

          Really? Have you read any books about the treatment of military members while held captive in the Middle East? Read the book Bravo Two Zero and then try to tell me those soldiers were treated fairly under the Geneva Convention. Go back to Vietnam and read how our pilots were treated as prisoners of war. You are a dumb ass.

          • Dont Say FLA

            May 3, 2023 at 10:10 am

            Howdy Tro Ell, you kin to Superman right? LOL. The others did it too, so it’s fine that Rhonda did it? LOL again! I will agree that Rhonda’s Panties is as terrible as the people described in the book you cited. I promise not to vote for any of them either due to their inhumane treatment of POWs, same as I won’t vote for Rhonda’s Panties due to his inhumane Meatwad hates trans people because he’s a robot. Others do bad things, so let’s elect another evil prick to be President of USA? And I’m the dumb ass, LOL.

    • flprogressive

      May 4, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      His Florida taxpayer funded world tour was widely considered a flop. Remember his bizarre response to a question in Japan? It’s common knowledge amongst Rethuglican operatives that he is horrible with one on one meetings-The thinking is to simply have him glad hand people on the rope line.

  • WGD

    May 1, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    People who want to vote for an incompetent, corrupt moron are way more likely to vote for the original (Trump), not some carbon copy.

  • It's Complicated

    May 2, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    DeSantis is developing a sort of brawling wild-eye frat boy throwing haymaker punches persona that is not edifying… even to people who voted for him. Echo chambers are bad for both those on the right and on the left.

  • Bert Stimson

    May 2, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    Meanwhile, Casey pegs Ron at 100%

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 3, 2023 at 10:14 am

    Ron is Trump’s Peg Boy. Why he is even bothering to continue this charade is beyond me. Everybody knows he can’t win. It’s why the supermajority GOP (without whom Ron would be entirely impotent as Gub’ner) changed state law so he can still be Gub’ner of Fleur D’uh and continue his war on people he doesn’t like, bearing in mind that corporations are people just like trans people are people, and Ron Hates People. Never Bend Over PAC says “Vote For Rhonda’s Panties, the Purple People Hater.”

  • Peggy

    May 3, 2023 at 5:59 pm


  • flprogressive

    May 4, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Why would misinformed what-aboutism right wing little brains vote for the fascist tribute band when the original (that’s Trump for the slow right lane) is still touring?

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