Poll: Just 11% of New York Republicans back Ron DeSantis
The New York Museum of Jewish Heritage rolls up its welcome mat. Image via AP.

Donald Trump leads by 50 points.

Another poll shows there may be little reason for Ron DeSantis’ campaign to have a New York State of Mind.

A survey conducted by Siena Research from June 20 to June 25 shows the Empire State is still Donald Trump country. The former President is the choice of 61% of New York Republicans, against 34% for “someone else.”

The Florida Governor holds just a minority of those voters seeking a Trump alternative: 31%. Extrapolated to the whole pool of Republicans, that means the Governor is backed by just 11% in the state.

While he is well ahead of Nikki HaleyTim ScottMike Pence and the rest, all of whom are in single digits even among that 34% who don’t want Trump, the new Siena poll is the latest showing that delegate-rich New York may be a no-go for the Florida Governor during its April 2 Primary.

DeSantis’ showing, dismal though it is, is actually an improvement from the May administration of the same survey. That poll showed DeSantis at 9%.

Meanwhile, yet another Siena survey previously showed Trump ahead of DeSantis in a two-way race, 52% to 27%.

The Governor is using New York City and its drag queens as a rhetorical target on the campaign trail, yet another sign his path to the Republican nomination isn’t counting on Empire State voters.

“You know, there was a thing, I think it was in New York City. Some of you may have seen it,” DeSantis said. “It was some type of demonstration and they had like these drag queens saying, the chant was, ‘We’re coming for your children.’”

“Let me tell you this, you know, like people, adults, you know, they do. It’s a free country, right? I mean, like, I kind of just, like, you know, mind my own business. But you start coming for our kids, we’ve got problems. And we are going to stand up for our kids,” he continued.

DeSantis has made trips to the New York City metropolitan area this year.

At a book tour stop, protesters and critics supportive of Trump greeted DeSantis in New York.

“Wait until ’28, Ron; wait until ’28,” one jeered.

DeSantis also addressed police officers at an outer borough catering hall in Staten Island. The former President lambasted DeSantis for poor attendance at an event later that day.

Meanwhile, former New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin has endorsed Trump, despite DeSantis campaigning with him last year.

“The GOP is filled with amazing talent to save our country from the failed policies of the (JoeBiden Admin. Our nominee in 2024 will be the 45th & 47th POTUS, Donald Trump. Our economy will be stronger, our streets will be safer, & our lives will be freer,” Zeldin tweeted. “He has my full support!”

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 28, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Want to talk about media bias. The title here, “Just 11% of New York Republicans back Ron DeSantis” is clear bias. This story about this poll and these statistics could be truthfully titled “Ron DeSantis support up 22% among NY Republicans.” Because going from 9 to 11 makes for a big percentage increase. Fox News etc will report it that way, up 22%, which is true. But it’s still just 11%. Also true.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 28, 2023 at 8:50 am

      That said, do I think FP is intentionally biased with this title? No. No, I do not. This is just another WordPress site. There’s probably a WordPress plug-in, or perhaps some guy in India, that auto-writes titles for stories that are pasted into WordPress. Intentional bias and bias are not the same thing. Even though they’re both bias.


        June 28, 2023 at 9:33 am

        Good morning Dont Say,
        Good knowing stuff my Man.
        Just my opinion: It looks as if the left is desperate for tne RNC to believe their polling indicating that America wants the RNC to select the same $ffin candidate which the left beat last time. Of course that runs 100% against logical human nature.
        Who, in their right mind, would think, that selecting the 2020 looser to run again in 2024 would be a “great idea”?
        Again, good knowing stuff Dont Say,
        Earl Pitts American

        • Dont Say FLA

          June 28, 2023 at 9:53 am

          I think I may be with you, Earl. I’d rather see Ron DeSantis lose to Biden than see Trump lose to Biden. If it’s Ron that loses, there’s no finger pointing at Trump. If Ron loses, the GOP will have to admit it’s the MAGA culture war nonsense that lost them this election, not Trump being Trump. The USA needs the GOP to run Litler, not Orange Hitler. That way we could finally move past this finger pointing as a platform nonsense and get our country back on track, assuming Ron loses. Potential down side, what if Ron were to win? One might hope Ron’s culture war nonsense is just campaign bologna and they’d dial all that back to zero like when Ron ran for Governor and before that for Congress, but man, that is one helluva hope to hope for, hoping that “Rhonda” is just a campaign character and that the real Ron makes any real sense.

        • Elliott Offen

          June 28, 2023 at 11:15 am

          Report Earl Pitts to Florida Politics for spam, false information, and neo nazi propaganda.

  • Michael K

    June 28, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Ron thinks he’s good at making stuff up. Has he ever talked with (not to) an actual drag queen? Cowards hurl insults, real men have the courage to talk – after all, LGBTQ are his constituents too.

    Methinks he’s terrified of LGBTQ people. Wonder why?

  • Ed Slaveen Nation Wide 👍

    June 28, 2023 at 11:14 am

    He’s cooked his goose, roasted his duck, baked his turkey, and fried his chicken with all the far right police state legislation. He could not win a checker game and he’s exactly why Republicans continue to lose presidential elections. No one wants a far right mad man anymore.

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