Poll: Ron DeSantis faces 29-point deficit against Donald Trump among California Republicans

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Donald Trump has 50% support.

The Golden State could present problems for Ron DeSantis’ 2024 bid for President.

That’s one takeaway from a new Public Policy Institute of California survey of the state’s Republicans, which shows the Florida Governor in a distant second place to Donald Trump.

The poll, taken May 17-24, shows the former President with 50% support, way ahead of DeSantis at 21%. Former Vice President Mike Pence has 10% support, good for a competitive third place. Former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s 7% puts her in fourth place. No other candidate or potential candidate topped 3%.

This is the second recent poll to suggest DeSantis is facing a deficit in California, a state to which his administration reportedly flew migrants from the Texas border in recent days.

The latest Berkeley Institute of Government Studies survey shows Trump ahead of DeSantis in a crowded field, 44% to 26%, reflecting a 26-point movement toward the former President at DeSantis’ expense in recent months. In February, DeSantis was up 37% to 29%.

DeSantis has battled for more than a year with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a bi-coastal battle between two Governors who have not faced significant tests in their own states of late. By POLITICO’s reckoning, Newsom and DeSantis are “sworn enemies that need each other.”

One local paper suggests the recent migrant flight was a function of that continual clash, contending it’s “reprehensible and it demonstrates how sick American political discourse has become.”

California leaders agree. Attorney General Rob Bonta called the action “disgusting and morally bankrupt.”

Newsom believes there is grounds for legal action, calling DeSantis a “small, pathetic man.”

“This isn’t Martha’s Vineyard,” the California Governor tweeted, referring to a previous migrant flight paid for by Florida taxpayers. “Kidnapping charges?”

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

    June 6, 2023 at 8:20 am

    Might need to start skipping these “Ron is Way Behind Trump in Every State” stories and instead just report whenever, if ever, Ron takes the lead in some state. Any state. Everybody Hates Rhonda.

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      June 6, 2023 at 8:22 am

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  • bigotry starts with DeSantis

    June 6, 2023 at 8:22 am

    these other republican candidates entered the race to knock out both DeSantis and Trump. Amongst the Republicans, they realize it, DeSantis is extremely dangerous. And worse than Trump. And it DeSantis will ash absolutely destroy what’s left of the Republican Party, and more so destroy the country.

    This is what happens when billionaires get involved in politics, and they start trying to control the narrative for the American people. Especially ones that engage in fascist or authoritarian style leader ship. Most likely these billionaires achieve their wealth by doing the same thing by using people and abusing people along the way.

  • Ocean Joe

    June 6, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Based on Trump’s continued success with Republican voters, it’s obvious that Desantis needs a few indictments and is struggling to get some by tormenting immigrants.
    Their status makes them, like any other minority group, an excellent target to rile up Foxworld.
    We’re going to fly immigrants out of Texas, and we’re going to make Florida pay for it.

  • Michael K

    June 6, 2023 at 9:35 am

    When you look at the long list of people and institutions under attack – the gross indecency, abuse of power, lack of transparency, voter suppression, racism, anti-business climate and rising insurance rates….

    When people see what has happened to Florida, they say no thanks. Even the sue-hard MAGAts are appalled by what they see. The list of those alienated by DeSantis is far longer than those he has endeared. He’s not a nice or likeable or honest person.

  • George J Kamburoff

    June 6, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Let’s round up all the homeless in Sacramento and ship them to Florida and Texass.

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