Poll: Ron DeSantis trails Donald Trump by 50 points with younger GOP voters

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The Governor has just 14% support among GOP voters younger than 45 years of age.

New polling points to trouble for Ron DeSantis with one particular demographic in the 2024 presidential race.

A Fox News poll conducted from June 23 through June 26 shows the Florida Governor 50 points behind former President Donald Trump, 64% to 14%, with Republican voters under the age of 45.

The 77-year-old Trump’s massive lead with younger voters is notable given that DeSantis, a 44-year-old, is actually a member of that demographic cohort. The Governor has made age an issue in campaign speeches, promoting himself as being able to bring energy to the executive branch.

Despite these promises, younger voters represent a drag on DeSantis’ overall numbers, and are the worst subgroup for the Governor in the Fox News survey. With voters between the ages of 45 and 64, DeSantis is only 25 points down (52% to 27%). And with voters 65 years of age and up, the Governor is 20 points back (50% to 30%).

Overall, DeSantis is down 34 points to Trump, 56% to 22%, with other candidates much further back.

Author Vivek Ramaswamy’s 5% is good for third place, with former Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina tied for fourth place with 4% each.

Former United Nations envoy Nikki Haley has 3% support, ahead of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Larry Elder, each of whom have 1%.

Registering no support in the Fox News poll were North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former Texas Congressman Will Hurd and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

The poll, conducted under the joint direction of Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research, has a +/- 5-percentage-point margin of error among Republican respondents.

The overall 34-point spread in the poll between Trump and DeSantis is marginally outside the Race to the White House national polling average. That shows Trump with 53% support, DeSantis with 22%, Pence with 6%, Haley with 4%, and Ramaswamy and Scott each with 3%.

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


  • Real Thomas Kaspar

    June 29, 2023 at 11:39 am

    This is why we need to REVOKE the right of young people to vote.
    The voter age should be at least 40.

    • David Pakman

      June 29, 2023 at 1:01 pm

      If they made a 4 year degree the standard for voting qualification..the GOP would never win a presidential election again and eventually be vaporized.

      • Kwake

        June 30, 2023 at 10:11 am

        You’d also bar a lot of minorities from voting you racist.

      • john

        June 30, 2023 at 3:12 pm

        Maybe we should not let anyone who has a four year degree vote at all everyone currently running this country has such a degree as we are on a steady slide downward, my auto mechanic makes mere sense then this class of blithering idiots

        • Denis C Monahan

          June 30, 2023 at 5:42 pm

          One of the most knowledge persons I know was a 94 year old farmer with an eighth education.

        • Tom

          July 3, 2023 at 12:56 pm

          I’m sure your auto mechanic has less debt as well because they probably did an apprenticeship. Degrees are not much use anymore.

      • Carl Trancress

        June 30, 2023 at 3:33 pm

        The most stupid people I’ve encountered in my 81 years on this orb are people with college degrees.

        • Dont Say FLA

          July 1, 2023 at 11:19 am

          Not a great confession to make, Carl. Folks tends to speak to the level of their audience.

      • Andrew West

        June 30, 2023 at 11:43 pm

        Why? College Grads are bright and ambitious? Not at all. The last two decades have produced the laziest, entitled brats in our history. You’re not smarter than a plumber, who can actually do something valuable. You actually have a degree and can’t really do anything. Thankfully the false-narrative that a degree-was-a-ticket is over. You must still believe that or somehow believe you’re special. You are not. America needs productive people.

        • Dont Say FLA

          July 1, 2023 at 6:03 pm

          What plumbers do, that is on YouTube. Virtually anybody can do plumbing. Same with electrical work, carpentry, welding, you name it. Anything that’s done with your hands can be done by anyone that has a working pair of hands. That said, I’ll agree: a college diploma doesn’t guarantee anything at all for most people who get them other than a bunch of debt. Unless it’s Ivy League. Then you’re in the club, like Ron DeSantis with his Harvard AND Yale degrees. But despite their Ivy League law degree, Rhonda keeps enacting laws that get overturned. LOL @ Rhonda. It’s almost as if he doesn’t mean any of his nonsense and expects it to be overturned in the courts but he still got the headline about the thing he did that MAGA types eat up.

    • Joe

      June 30, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      Ah Republicans, always trying to limit the voting pool to their favored demographics.

      • Robert Hargrove

        June 30, 2023 at 3:33 pm

        Rave on, gate mouth!

      • Andrew West

        June 30, 2023 at 11:48 pm

        For decades Democrats owned “blacks.” That’s called slavery and it is finally over. A new favored demographic for the GOP (mostly Trump) are blacks – and it is real. Blacks are tired of the fake “Democrat-Savior” BS.

    • Johnathan Galt

      June 30, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      I agree with revoking the vote from kids under 24. Trump would still beat DeSantis handily, and would then go on to beat Xiden with about 70% of the popular vote.

  • Mercury Eduardo Slaveen 👍

    June 29, 2023 at 11:55 am

    Orange Hitler is sinking the parties chances of winning presidential elections and these apes are too stupid to understand that…so I suppose that’s a good thing for the Dems, bad for Ron DeSanctimonious. He should have Orange Hitler arrested for something. There’s plenty of material.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 29, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      Litler? Arrest Orange Hitler? Lols! I hope they do.

    • Truth Avail

      June 29, 2023 at 8:08 pm

      U are a complete idiot clearly drinking the koolaid aren’t you? Biden is the most corrupt president and traitor in chief we have EVER had. I bet u sit home and watch CNN all day. Why do u call former President Trump Orange Hitler? Clearly he never killed over 6 million Jews. So why the reference? Or are u just not educated? I get it. It’s not ur fault. Lol

      • Dont Say FLA

        June 29, 2023 at 9:08 pm

        Did you know Hitler was Hitler before he killed over 6 million people? When folks recognize similar traits to those traits that Hitler leveraged toward killing 6 million people, the word “Hitler” starts coming out since it’s a little late after 6 million people are already killed. Is CNN still on? I thought that channel got cancelled.

        • Chris Brown

          June 30, 2023 at 3:29 pm

          What are you smoking?

        • Johnathan Galt

          June 30, 2023 at 4:18 pm

          Yes, we recognize similar traits.
          Mask mandates
          Requiring women to compete against men
          Requiring women to accept men in their women-only spaces
          Requiring parents to surrender their rights over their children to the State

          The modern DNC published party platform bears striking similarities to the 1933 German National Democratic Socialist party – similarities which are not coincidental.

          • Dont Say FLA

            July 1, 2023 at 11:15 am

            Oh, good job, SIX attempts, in just one comment, at changing the subject, but Rhonda and their fascist bologna are still down by 50 points among young voters.

            Rhonda is also down in 50 states to Trump. That’s Donald J Trump, who will definitely lose to Biden, but Rhonda is behind in EVERY state.

            How does Rhonda like losing unanimously to a proven loser?

          • Trans Bans

            July 1, 2023 at 6:49 pm

            There’s more trans bans than there are trans athletes. Lock downs and mask mandates happened during the Trump presidency. They’re over. Bathrooms are a perceived issue only because commercial real estate developers refuse to shell out any money on the personal dignity of tenant employees. You have been had, Mr Galt. You have been had on all your whatabouts. Every single one. You only said “whatabout how gullible Jonathan Galt is.” So congrats you changed it. Here’s our new subject: Just how gullible IS Jonathan Galt? 100%? or somehow even more than that?

    • kitman3

      June 30, 2023 at 1:01 pm

      throwing Hitler around only shows how unintelligent uninformed and pathetic you are – really whether one likes Trump or not despite the mountains of obstacles he faced he did most of what he promised and the country thrived unlike the installed brain dead one currently destroying the country – grow up quit spewing BS w/out thinking!

      • Joe

        June 30, 2023 at 1:16 pm

        Wow, try looking in a mirror you GQP psychos.

        • Johnathan Galt

          June 30, 2023 at 4:19 pm

          Poor Demunist. Here, I’ll hold one up for you.

          Enjoy President Trump’s second term – he owes it all to folks like you!

          • Dont Say FLA

            July 1, 2023 at 11:16 am

            Trump’s next term is 20+L, but we don’t even need the L. Trump won’t last 2 years in prison. STEEL toilets? Egads!

    • Griswald Piebold

      June 30, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      Truth to a leftist is a salt to a slug.

      • Johnathan Galt

        June 30, 2023 at 4:19 pm

        Good analogy!

    • Andrew West

      June 30, 2023 at 11:49 pm


  • PeterH

    June 29, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    This Republican Clown Bus has a long road ahead! Fasten your seatbelts!

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 29, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Twink
    50 points back you really stink
    Look at Me I’m Rhonda Dee
    John Travolta, massage me

  • Michael K

    June 29, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    Ron hates young people who are open minded, diverse, and tolerant – and they find him disgusting and horrifying. Sorry, old white boomers, you had your shot. Time to hand over the reins to people who are younger, smarter, and more inclusive than you.

    • Dave Huff

      June 30, 2023 at 3:28 pm

      Good luck with that, groomer…..

    • Robert Hahn

      June 30, 2023 at 3:55 pm

      DeSantis is a Boomer? Umm…. no. Late GenX to Early Millennial.

      • Dont Say FLA

        July 1, 2023 at 5:54 pm

        No, not a boomer. GROOMER. DeSantis is a groomer.

    • Johnathan Galt

      June 30, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      Good luck with your dreams of pixies and unicorns, junior. The adults will be back in charge soon.

  • noxomus

    June 30, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    I like Ron but Don is going to be next. Ron comes after.

    • Johnathan Galt

      June 30, 2023 at 4:21 pm


      First we need a wrecking ball. THEN we need a nice, stable, “normal” President for 8 more years.

  • Dave Huff

    June 30, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    Can’t and won’t vote for Ron….

  • Robert Hahn

    June 30, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    Those of us who were around to see the Clinton impeachment remember that Clinton’s approval numbers shot up into the sky during that episode. That wasn’t people approving of Clinton. That was people using the only method they had of signalling that they didn’t want him impeached.

    There is going to be some amount of that in Trump’s numbers right now. No one knows how much. But it is almost certainly a mistake to imagine that every voter who tells a pollster they intend to vote for Trump intends to actually do so. Many are just saying, “The indictment is bogus.”

    • Johnathan Galt

      June 30, 2023 at 4:22 pm

      The bigger number will be those who want change once this recession turns into the second Great Depression around January of next year, and when the cocktail they keep Joe hopped up on to keep him able to read the teleprompter stops working completely.

      • Dont Say FLA

        July 1, 2023 at 5:54 pm

        The only recession is the one coming out the mouths of NewsMax mis-info-tertainers. Poor white people feeling like losers, that does not a recession make.

  • cbvand

    June 30, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    DeSantis is obviously not ready for a presidential run. He would be better served taking care of Florida and building a history of wins. He started strong as Governor and lately has been distracted by the lure of the big time. It may be a bitter pill, but his reputation and future chances will improve if he swallows it now.

    • Johnathan Galt

      June 30, 2023 at 4:23 pm

      I think he’s not very serious, just getting political exposure and building up his war chest for 2028.

      • Dont Say FLA

        July 1, 2023 at 5:49 pm

        Rhonda wants to be Trump’s Veep, despite the attempted murder last time. Rhonda must think Trump, if he were to be President again, would accept the fact of the 2 term limit, meaning Rhonda would not be exposed to crimes regarding Trump trying to get another term. Rhonda is wrong. Trump, if he gets in again, will do the same shit again but with fewer mistakes now that he’s had some practice. So to that i say, best wishes to Rhonda on being Trump’s pick for VP! May Rhonda get everything they deserve.

  • My Take

    July 1, 2023 at 7:32 am

    As with Goldwater, I thinķ the general population will find either GOP candidate–Trump or DeSantis–far too extremist and potentially
    They will vote for safe boring Biden.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 1, 2023 at 5:45 pm

      My sentiments exactly. The GOPS are just nuts anymore. That leaves unoffensive, uninspiring, yet pretty effective Biden. Hopefully people will show up and vote for the unoffensive, uninspiring, yet pretty effective guy. Thank goodness for Biden’s voter turnout sake, the GOP has this SCROTUS supplying more and more and more people with proper motivation to turn out and vote for Biden. Too bad for USA, however, that we are stuck with this SCROTUS as appointed for life, however long their lives might last if they keep pissing off drag queens and such. Drag queens aren’t the types of people that are going to molest children, but drag queens will definitely cut a bitch if you piss them off enough.

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