Donald Trump dominates Turning Point USA straw poll

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Nobody else polled outside single digits at the West Palm Beach conference. Ron DeSantis came in third.

At a Turning Point USA conference, Donald Trump dominated a straw poll.

Nearly 86% of attendees for the Tuning Point Action conference in Florida supported the former President. Meanwhile, all other competitors posted in single digits. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, still widely viewed as Trump’s great competitor for the GOP nomination, came in third place.

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, a part-time Longboat Key resident, unapologetically cheered the survey results.

“The straw poll demonstrates that President Trump remains the single most dominant force among the conservative grassroots,” Kirk said. “All the attacks against him have seemingly made him even stronger and more popular among the conservative faithful.”

Trump’s presidential campaign noted this is the second straw poll at a major conservative conference where he came out on top. In March, Trump won a similar poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with 62%. There, DeSantis showed up in second place, as the preference for 20% of CPAC attendees.

But the Turning Point straw poll proved far more lop-sided. In fact, the closest competitor behind Trump turned out to be Perry Johnson, a Michigan business who announced a longshot bid in March. Johnson received almost 8% of votes cast.

DeSantis, Governor of the state hosting the Turning Point conference, proved the favorite of just over 4% of attendees.

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy polled at 2%.

Four other candidates — South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Texas businessman Ryan Binkley, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — all received votes, but none enough to poll at even a tenth of a percent.

Trump, himself a Palm Beach County resident, gave a speech at the conference on Saturday evening, where he attacked DeSantis by name.

“We are totally dominating DeSantis right here in the state of Florida. So we want him to get home and take care of insurance,” Trump said.

DeSantis declined an invitation to speak at the conference. Both Johnson and Ramaswamy did speak at the event. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez spoke at the convention on Sunday but failed to get any votes in the straw poll.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Dont Say FLA

    July 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    This post reports that Ron DeSantis in the Governor of the state hosting the Turning Point conference, but it also reports that the Turning Point conference is being held in Florida.

    Rhonda is a GINO. The GINO of Florida. Floridians recognize a GINO when they see one.

    That’s probably why 86% of the TP attendees are reported here as preferring Trump. That, plus Trump is an expert on the golden throne and he has vast experience with rolls of paper products.

  • Paula Robinson

    July 16, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    America NEEDS DJ Trump back in the Peoples White House. It is presently infested with Biden filth! AMERICA FIRST… PRESIDENT TRUMP🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Ocean Joe

      July 17, 2023 at 6:30 am

      Don’t know about filth, but nobody has had to clean ketchup off the walls or unclog toilets stuffed with documents lately.

      • john

        July 18, 2023 at 1:46 pm

        No they are just cleaning up the cocaine from the cubby hole

  • My Take

    July 16, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Being a favorite of THESE people is a moral condemnation.
    Ànd it works in both directions.

  • Earl Pitts American

    July 16, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Good evening Charlie Kirk and all his like minded followers there at “Turning Point”,
    I am asking a serious question and expect a serious answer.
    What makes you think the left and complicant RINO’s wont roll Donald Trump like they did last time? What has changed to prevent you (Charlie Kirk and like minded followers) from just handing the election over to the left in 2024 just like last time?
    Please share why you want to run the man again who lost last time. If I get a bunch of BS smart @55 answers from you guys, or no answers, I will know who you are.
    Thank you Charlie Kirk and his like minded followers at Turning Point.

    • Joe

      July 18, 2023 at 2:12 pm

      I I agree with your assessment, and in actuality TP has just become a Trump super pack.

    • Norman Mailer

      July 18, 2023 at 2:55 pm

      Over 50% of voters think the 2020 election was stolen. When a state like Pennsylvania mails out 500K mail in ballots and gets 600K back, the bulk of which did not go through any signature verification process, how is it that Trump was “rolled”. Don’t give me any of that fact check BS. Politifact and others like them are Demonrat fronts, so are going support whatever agenda the Demonrat party wants them to including “the election was legitimate”.

      Here’s another one. How is that Bribem was unable to attract more than a couple hundred people to his rallies, a few rallies less than 100 and one about 25, while Trump attracted multiple thousands everywhere he appeared and is STILL doing that.

      Yet, Bribem won? Pullease.

  • PeterH

    July 17, 2023 at 12:34 am

    Republicans have lost the 2024 election! They should stay laser focused on 2028 and find a candidate with an empathetic human heart.

    • My Take

      July 17, 2023 at 1:33 am

      I expect they have a few, but how would they get much support?
      Can a party change that much?

  • My Take

    July 17, 2023 at 2:06 am

    We need some good provocative bumper stickers, an American tradition.



    (Think DeGaulle)

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 17, 2023 at 7:20 am

      MT, There’s no need to be smirchin’ the satanists like that!

      • My Take

        July 17, 2023 at 10:00 am

        True. They are probably far more sensible . . . and patriotic.


  • J.Trusty

    July 18, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    Class Action Lawsuit !
    for tortius interference against our favorite citizen . .
    DJ Trump. No One is BELOW the LAW either.
    Write it on the Wall . . LEAVE TRUMP ALONE !

  • Old Goat

    July 19, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    The government should not use it’s police powers to prosecute a Presidential candidate with the obvious purpose of denying the citizens of the USA the right to choose their President.

    WE have evidence that the current President is involved in taking bribes in exchange for political influence on behalf of foreign powers.

    The best course is to allow the people to adjudicate his fitness in the next election by voting him out of office. Let the haters hate, let the voters choose their President free from government interference at all levels.

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