Poll: Ron DeSantis’s campaign launch flopped
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 5/5/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference after the 2023 legislative session concluded, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

Survey says starting off the 2024 campaign with Elon Musk was a mistake.

New national polling is panning Ron DeSantis‘ presidential campaign launch.

The Florida Governor’s glitch-filled kickoff on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk left a bad impression with 1,500 U.S. adult citizens surveyed by The Economist and You Gov between May 27 and May 31.

Just 7% of those surveyed said the opening went “very well,” with another 17% venturing that it went “somewhat well.”

Meanwhile, 24% said it went “somewhat badly,” with an additional 21% saying it went “very badly,” putting the whole event 21 points underwater. Another 31% of respondents were “not sure” how it went for the Governor.

The event kicked off with a delay and echoes and host David Sacks saying viewership, more than 250,000, was “melting the servers.” As the crowd exceeded 350,000, the technical issues continued 10 minutes in, as more “server capacity was being allocated.”

By the 16-minute mark, 547,000 people were tuned in, but there was no sound at that point. Even the early glitches and echoes faded into silence, as tens of thousands of people continued to join the stream.

By 6:24 p.m., Musk rebooted the space on Sacks’ Twitter account, saying “doing it from mine basically broke the system.” The Governor spent time in the days after the event explaining away the technical difficulties, though the rebooted space proceeded without incident.

If there is a positive, four out of five respondents at least know DeSantis launched. Only 20% have heard “nothing at all” about it, with 48% having heard “a little” and another 33% hearing a “lot.”

Unhappily for DeSantis, the launch does not translate into broad support for his ambitions or his political persona in this survey, which included respondents of all political persuasions.

Respondents prefer Donald Trump to the Governor as the GOP Presidential nominee, 29% to 21%, with 17% wanting “someone else” and 33% “not sure.”

Respondents also believe Trump is the best GOP bet to win the General Election, 39% to 24% for DeSantis. An additional 37% were “not sure.”

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


  • PeterH

    May 31, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    DeSantis will never win a National election.

    • Earnest T

      May 31, 2023 at 6:29 pm

      “Biden’s Entire Presidency Flopped”

      • Peggy

        June 1, 2023 at 10:29 am

        What are you talking about Earnest?
        He still has his over 5 years to go in his Presidency.

        • Mac Wiseman

          June 1, 2023 at 2:35 pm

          Wrong Pegs,
          Survay Shows:
          Just 3% of confirmed Democratic voters would risk going to HEII for voting for Biden again.
          Of course this was after we told them God is the one who can send them to HEII and explained that God has many of Santa Clause’s secret powers in that he can see them when they’re sleeping, see them when they are awake, see them when they’re bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.
          All the Democratic voters stated they were really angry their parents never told them about this God Dude.
          True story, No Joke Jack.
          Think about it.

  • Ed's Marxist Spin-off 👍

    May 31, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    I told you!! If I could sum up DeSantis in one word it would be FLOPPED!!!!!!

  • Michael K

    May 31, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    He’s not a governor – he’s a one-trick pony stunt man with a wife who is convinced that her husband was sent by God. His only appeal is with a subset of the MAGAt base. He holds nothing but contempt and disdain for normal, decent human beings who refuse hate and bigotry. But then again, the GOP is full-on crazy, but even so, this guy is not going anywhere but into the dustbin of history.

  • Ron

    May 31, 2023 at 4:31 pm

    DeSantis is controlled opposition being propped up by the deep state to turn GOP voters away from Trumpian noninterventionism and rapprochement with Russia and toward Bushism and bellicose neoconism.

  • tom palmer

    May 31, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    you needed a poll to tell you that?

  • Ocean Joe

    May 31, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    Got to give Republicans credit for the entertainment.
    Used to be they picked their nominee in a smoke filled room, now they pick smoke filled candidates from a 3 ring circus.

    Desantis is about to get the Rubio treatment once Chris Christie joins the show. More water, please!

  • James P Zambroski

    May 31, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    What I can’t figure out is how Harvard and Yale thought this guy worthy….

  • DeLusional DeSantis

    May 31, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    How much more insufferable will he be after Trump eats him for dinner next year? Since they can’t afford to lose Florida’s electoral votes, he won’t be Veep and being termed out he’ll have to set his sights somewhere (look out Sen. Scott)!

  • Elon Manbaby

    June 1, 2023 at 10:32 am

    DeSantis literally has no idea what he’s doing. He’s waaaay out his depth here.
    Tesla’s national reputation has fall off a cliff. The brand is cancer now, and it’s because Elon’s stinky name is all over it. Most normal people want nothing to do with Elon, Twitter, etc. But Rhonda is too damn stupid to know that.

  • John Barron

    June 1, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Meatball Ron and Leona really screwed the pooch. Do they seem ready for the oval??? Billary 2.0!!!

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