Poll: Ron DeSantis competitive with Donald Trump in Georgia
FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Heritage Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebration leadership summit, Friday, April 21, 2023, in Oxon Hill, Md. A new sense of urgency is growing among DeSantis’ allies as emboldened critics within his own party, especially President Donald Trump, work to undermine his presidential campaign before it begins. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Ron DeSantis
The Florida Governor trails by just 8 points in a new Peach State survey.

Florida’s Governor has struggled in the polls against Donald Trump, but one new survey from Georgia offers more promise.

A Landmark Communications survey of 800 likely GOP Primary voters conducted on Sunday shows Ron DeSantis with 32% support, just 8 points behind the former President’s 40%.

DeSantis is competitive with Trump among most cohorts. He’s within 10 points of the former President with both men and women, just 3 points back with voters under the age of 40, and 4 points back with voters aged 40 to 64.

Senior citizens more strongly prefer Trump, 44% to 31%, but the margin is not prohibitive even among older voters.

DeSantis is regarded favorably among Peach State voters, with 75% approving of him in this survey, against 13% disapproval. He is above 70% approval with all age groups and both genders.

This poll is stronger for DeSantis than an April survey by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs Research Center.

That survey saw Trump leading in a crowded field, up 51% to 30% over DeSantis. When the matchup was restricted to just Trump and DeSantis, the former President still led by 11 points.

DeSantis had previously seen strength in a number of Georgia polls that tracked a potential head-to-head contest between Trump and him in a hypothetical 2024 Primary, showing a history of strength compared to the former President in the neighboring state.

DeSantis has not been especially active in Georgia politics, in contrast to Trump, who was an early champion of Senate nominee Herschel Walker. But he did have a line before the November 2022 election warning against electing a recurrent Democratic candidate.

“If Stacey Abrams is elected Governor of Georgia, I just want to be honest, that will be a cold war between Florida and Georgia,” DeSantis said at a press conference back in the spring. “I can’t have (former Cuban leader Raúl) Castro to my south and Abrams to my north, that would be a disaster. So I hope you guys take care of that and we’ll end up in good shape.”

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 17, 2023 at 9:56 am

    Key phrase: “DeSantis has not been especially active in Georgia politics.” Soon as Rhonda hits the ground in Georgia and people get to know him, his numbers will sink in Georgia same as everywhere Rhonda’s already been.

  • Impeach Biden

    May 17, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Anyone with half a brain (which eliminates most Democrats) can see what is going on here. These polls (fake) are designed purely to get DeSantis and others out of the Republican Primary. The media which is part of the Democrat party knows that Biden can beat Trump, only because so many just hate Trump. Biden can’t campaign. He can’t debate so the media simply protects him to get the incompetent one across the finish line.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 17, 2023 at 10:01 am

      Election Denial was disproven by over 80 court findings including Trump appointed judges, so now it’s on to polling denial? You pretty silly, IB. Pretty silly.

  • Donald J Trump

    May 17, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Do not vote for Ron DeSanctimonious. Vote for me. I’ll protect LGBT and abortion in Florida. I’ll make abortion legal in all federal facilities in Florida and open them to the public. If Ron has a problem with it, I’ll send in the military to protect people’s rights.

  • Michael K

    May 17, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Tough fight for the anti-science, anti-woman, racist bigotry vote.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 17, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      I bet it wouldn’t be hard to stoke the flames of a civil war within MAGA. Just stir the pot until Diaper Don’s MAGA declares war on Diaper Rhonda’s MAGA. Once all the 223 ammo gets used up by MAGA on MAGA violence, then maybe school kids won’t get shot so much at school anymore. I love this concept. The MAGAs could actually make America great again while also making kids be safe again at school too.

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