Poll: Ron DeSantis has just 12% support in Tennessee GOP Presidential Primary
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Florida Governor
Mike Pence is threatening the Governor's 2nd place standing in the Volunteer State.

A new poll from the Volunteer State shows an uphill climb for Ron DeSantis in the 2024 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Tennessee’s Beacon Poll, which was conducted from June 14 to June 23, shows the Florida Governor with just 12% support in the open Republican Primary. This puts him 49 points behind former President Donald Trump’s 61%. Meanwhile, former Vice President Mike Pence’s 8%, while no threat to Trump, puts him just 4 points out of second place.

The survey of 502 total respondents has a margin of error of +/- 2.87 percentage points. Republicans make up 429 respondents, Independents 67, and Democrats the remaining six.

DeSantis has two trips slated to the state this month, meanwhile, with both announced before this survey dropped Thursday.

The 2024 presidential candidate will deliver remarks at the Tennessee Republican Party’s 46th annual Statesmen’s Dinner on July 15. And Victor Ashe of the Knoxville News reports DeSantis is headed to that city July 25 for a fundraiser.

This is the worst Tennessee poll for DeSantis yet.

Vanderbilt University poll has Donald Trump topping the field of potential and declared 2024 Republican presidential candidates, with 59% support against 25% for DeSantis.

The Governor’s struggles in polls bleed over into bordering states.

A May survey of 500 very likely voters in Kentucky’s Primary from Emerson College holds that Trump is the choice of 70% of the state’s likely Primary voters, with DeSantis taking just 14%.

In a poll from the Mountaineer State of West Virginia, the Florida Governor is mired in single digits. Trump leads DeSantis, 54% to 9%.

A recent Roanoke College poll of Virginia Republicans reveals that Trump commands 48% support, with DeSantis pulling 28%.

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

    July 6, 2023 at 10:16 am

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  • Ocean Joe

    July 6, 2023 at 10:29 am

    He peaked too soon, he made an enemy out of scoundrel Trump, he runs sophomoric ads created by incels, he goes after minorities hoping to round up the trailer park vote, so to sum it up, Christmas came early this year.
    As Elliot likes to say, he will be carried into the Villages on his shield, and honored at one of the town squares. But he wont be president.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 6, 2023 at 10:38 am

      Rhonda didn’t peak, so to speak.

      The problem is that Rhonda went on their campaign tour.

      People had heard about this abstract “conservative Governor of Florida who is like Trump but smart,” and were open to somebody fitting that description.

      But then Rhonda showed up and Everybody Hates Rhonda. LOL @ Stupid Rhonda. He’s not just unlikable. He’s stupid too!

  • My Take

    July 6, 2023 at 11:56 am

    It will be fun to watch Ronbo lose.
    To be a LOSER.

  • Joe

    July 6, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    Everybody Hates Ron

  • My Take

    July 7, 2023 at 2:05 am

    Ronbo the redneck thug is about to empty Florida’s death-house into graveyards.
    He knows his redneck base loves that.
    And redneck Ron DeSStuntman well knows how to deliver pain for political gain..
    An historical glimpse into Tiny-D’s base:
    WAPE Jacksonville (once, The Voice of Redneck America!) used to broadcast the sound of sausages sizziling as someone was being electrocuted at Stark, not far away.
    Ronbow knows his fan base.

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