Latest poll: Ron DeSantis at 16% in GOP presidential race
Ron DeSantis in San Francisco. Screenshot via DeSantis For President.

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The Echelon Insights survey shows Ramaswamy threatening DeSantis' second-place standing.

New polling of the Republican presidential race shows Ron DeSantis in a distant second place, with another candidate close behind him in third.

The latest Echelon Insights survey of the race, which was conducted between June 26 and June 29, has former President Donald Trump capturing almost a majority of respondents, with 49% backing him.

DeSantis is 33 points back, at 16%. Meanwhile, third-place Vivek Ramaswamy is just six points behind DeSantis, with a 10% showing that is among his best performances in any national survey.

Trump’s 49% matches his support in the May iteration of this poll. DeSantis lost three points from the previous month, meanwhile, while Ramaswamy is up two points from May.

Other candidates are farther back.

Former United Nations envoy Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence are tied at 5%, though Pence has lost four points since May.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s 4% is a modest showing, yet it’s up two points from May.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has 2% support, doubling his 1% from the previous month.

Finally, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez are at 1% support.

Other names are under 1%, meanwhile, and 6% of the 413 likely GOP Primary voters who responded to the survey are unsure who they will support.

Echelon also polled a Trump-DeSantis two-way matchup. The former President takes 60% support in that hypothetical scenario, with DeSantis the choice of 32% of respondents. Trump is “definitely” the choice of 44% of respondents, with DeSantis “definitely” preferred by just 12%, suggesting much of his support comes from people looking for a Trump alternative.

The Echelon Polling numbers are slightly less favorable to both Trump and DeSantis than the Race to the White House polling average. That has Trump at 54%, DeSantis at 22%, Pence at 6%, and Haley, Ramaswamy, and Scott at 3% each.

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


25 comments

  • M. Mouse

    July 4, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Let’s go Governor Goofy!

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  • Tom

    July 4, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Hard to believe that desantis is second and even harder to believe trump is first. Is this really the best we have to offer voters?

    PS: I don’t think biden is any better but being as he’s dead, he’s less offensive at least.

    • White Shame

      July 4, 2023 at 12:53 pm

      The very best White Christians

    • SteveHC

      July 5, 2023 at 7:08 pm

      At this point in time it appears that BOTH of the major American political parties are unusually weak and disorganized, possibly due to their leadership figures being unwilling and/or unable to wield tight control over their legislative members.

  • PeterH

    July 4, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Every single Republican candidate would ban abortion nationwide! That leave women with their only option to terminate their unwanted pregnancy……. travel to Canada or Mexico.

    • Cindy Wade

      July 7, 2023 at 3:13 pm

      so false!!!

  • Karl Bremer

    July 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Trump is a Traitor. Bigot , Thief , And A Liar.
    Who puts his own needs . Above Our Country , and the American People . How can he be allowed to run for the Presidency ? ? ?
    When He Should be stood Against a Wall , And Executed for Treason ? ? ?

    • Angela

      July 5, 2023 at 4:18 am

      I think you mean, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Obama!
      How people can even Support Joe Biden and the Dems with a straight face is amazing!

      • My Take

        July 5, 2023 at 7:01 am

        There simply are not enoùgh of you who worship the loathesome Trump to elect him, even over a quiet leader like Biden.

  • Alejandro Rojas

    July 4, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Some Republicans even wishfully say a “dream ticket” would be a Trump-DeSantis match. Nightmare from WW II Europe, propaganda and mayhem seem more likely.

    Actually DeSantis brings something special to the table that Trump lacks – his ability to translate political vindictiveness, cruelty and demagoguery into great legislation, policy results, including state control of education, book banning, voter suppression, gerrymandering, and race baiting top the list.

    • PeterH

      July 4, 2023 at 9:31 pm

      Excellent thoughtful post!

    • My Take

      July 4, 2023 at 10:50 pm

      He’s the best at BEING bad.

  • KokoLynn

    July 4, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Pretty sad the following of tgese Trump/ Desantis Fascists

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  • Joe Christen

    July 4, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Dumb and dumber? Plus the idiot who claims to know what’s ailing Black Americans. A collection of circus clowns 🤡. Each trying to see which one has the funniest act. Bed GOP can do? Of course it is.

    • My Take

      July 5, 2023 at 6:07 pm

      They are not even main-act clowns.
      They are sideshow clowns.

  • Mirza Alzugaray

    July 4, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    To me, not of De Santis, or Trump can be at the White House, both of them are looking for power, they just look for themselves, they do not care for they people, don’t know how trumps with al legal issues can run for president, de Santis, is destroying Florida with the stupid laws that he been signed

  • My Take

    July 5, 2023 at 2:08 am

    The chances of Trump being knocked out of the race are diverse and not trivial.
    DeSSantis is probably as much hanging in as trying to drive forward.

  • Politics Now

    July 5, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    His Anti-Wokeness has no chance of being president.

  • SteveHC

    July 5, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    DeSantis’s “successes” in Florida can pretty much be chalked up to primarily the overwhelming weakness of the state’s Democratic Party followed by his uncanny ability to strategize his approach to the state’s legislators and government agencies such that their bending to his desires is almost entirely assured, and his success at encouraging people residing in other states who agree with his vision of highly centralized and generally autocratic (if not full-blown fascistic) to move to Florida in spite of the state’s widely expected and eventually significant climate and economically related deterioration. HOWEVER his entire campaign strategy, general approach to the process and manner of public speaking, much like his political positions in general, are JUST TOO BIZARRE for the NATIONAL electorate to accept or even be able to relate to.

    • SteveHC

      July 5, 2023 at 7:03 pm

      – “ (if not full-blown fascistic)” GOVERNMENT… sorry for the inadvertent omission.

  • Meatball Ron is doing even worse than JEB!

    July 5, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    It’s time to change Florida’s motto from “Where Woke Goes to Die” to “Where Presidential Ambitions Go to Die”.

    • My Take

      July 5, 2023 at 7:36 pm

      FLORIDA — Where Freedom Goes To Die

  • Wishful

    July 6, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    Too much of Trump and Biden, it’s almost like no serious candidates want to run for President. We need alternatives, smart people who have shown leadership, good track record, follow the law, and have integrity. I guess too much to ask of politicians.

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