Despite ‘reboot,’ Ron DeSantis hits new low in another national poll

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The Governor 'slumps' to his worst numbers in 2023.

Yet another national poll shows Ron DeSantis needs the campaign “reboot” his operation is advertising less than two months after launch.

“DeSantis slumps to weekly tracking low,” asserts the sobering subhead from the latest Morning Consult survey of 3,576 GOP Primary voters, a poll that shows DeSantis doing worse than any other time in 2023.

“Most potential GOP primary voters (59%) support Donald Trump, giving him a 43-percentage point lead over DeSantis as the Florida Governor’s campaign undergoes a reset. This marks one of Trump’s largest advantages over his closest polling rival — and one of DeSantis’ lowest levels of support — since Morning Consult began tracking the primary race in early December.”

DeSantis still has a hold on second place, for now. Vivek Ramaswamy is at 8%, good for third place. He’s followed by former Vice President Mike Pence (6%), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (4%), U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina (2%), former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (2%) and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (1%). Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, meanwhile, is at 0%.

DeSantis’ clearest path to the nomination would involve the disappearance of Trump. In that scenario, 36% of Trump backers see him as the top second choice, with 18% choosing Ramaswamy and 16% preferring Pence. However, 13% of Trump supporters don’t know who they would back if the former President weren’t in the field.

Turning to favorability, it’s Trump first and DeSantis and Ramaswamy somewhat behind.

“Trump is popular with 78% of the party’s potential electorate, while 20% view him unfavorably. The bulk of the GOP Primary voters (62%) also hold favorable views of DeSantis, while 23% hold unfavorable views. Potential Primary voters are 37 points more likely to hold favorable opinions than unfavorable opinions about Ramaswamy (51% to 14%), making him the third most popular Republican presidential candidate.”

Though DeSantis often says he’s the only Republican who can beat Joe Biden, overall polling shows him down 5 points against the Democratic incumbent, the poll notes. Trump is 2 points behind Biden, meanwhile.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Poly Sci Profsser Emeritias Earl Pitts American

    July 25, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Good mornting America,
    1.) First we have to assume the methodoligy and reported results of the “polling” is honest and true.
    a.) Even Dook 4 Brains Leftists know the probability of honesty and truth in political polling is very, very, very, close to zero.
    2.) The relation to a “no longer relevant” to the subject, months old, (if even true) mysterious “reboot” just smells of bovine excriment piled up to sheid the view of “sheeple low IQ Dook 4 Brains Leftist” targeted audience into lapping the sum total of the “polling” up like mother’s milk.
    a.) Many of the sheeple low IQ Dook 4 Brains Leftist” targeted audience” may not get the relationship referenced above so I will re-phrase it into “you speak”:
    “…the “sheeple low IQ Dook 4 Brains Leftist” targeted audience into lapping the sum total of the “polling” up like Birthing Person’s Milk”.

    *This educational “Pro Tip” on “How To Read Political Polling”. Has been brought to you courtsey of Nation-Wide online political influncer Earl Pitts American.*

    • Donald Gwumpkie

      July 25, 2023 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks for proving your utter stupidity. Congratulations. Now go away.

    • RonBeGone

      July 25, 2023 at 6:02 pm

      Again, I’ve got to give you credit for commitment to the bit. A+ for humor and creativity.

  • Tom

    July 25, 2023 at 9:03 am

    I’m still dumbfounded as to why, given all the money and alleged expertize in his campaign, they could get it so wrong. Who do they expect to find to the right of trump? A couple of lost white supremacists? Basing a campaign on the word ‘woke’, harping on about covid (we’ve all moved on) and holding Florida up as a bastion of freedom (we’re a laughing stock) ain’t going to work. Trump is a buffoon to be laughed at, Desantis isn’t even that likable.

  • Ocean Joe

    July 25, 2023 at 9:20 am

    While I think the new standards on teaching about slavery is the coup de grace for any ambitions this guy has, the reality is that he’s still holding onto the #2 position against a group of political dwarfs.

    Trump’s current legal travails are nothing compared to what he did on Jan 6 and the months leading up to it. Voters may finally start to have second thoughts, preferring to win over getting “retribution” against the deep state or conspiracy of the day.

    The bad news for Desantis, is that his extreme views are helping Trump, not cutting into his support base. Trump is transactional, everything he does is for Trump. By definition, what’s good for Trump is also good for all of us some of the time, while Desantis is resurrecting George Wallace and found a place (the new Florida packed with transplants) where he can get away with it.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 25, 2023 at 9:35 am

    When rebooting sometime does not work, it’s usually time for a new [whatever it is]. But before they get a new [whatever it is], they should pull the plug. Wait 30 seconds. Then maybe plug it back in unless you just want a new [whatever it is] in which case dump your coffee on it. Poor Rhonda, fixing to be covered with coffee. Don’t y’all use that hot McDonalds coffee. While Rhonda might deserve a severe scolding, nobody deserves a severe scalding like that. Not even Al Qaeda indefinite detainees at Guantanamo when Rhonda served there, and they’re still there. STILL.

    • RonBeGone

      July 25, 2023 at 6:03 pm

      Doesn’t matter how many times he reboots…he’s still gonna run into the BLUE SCREEN OF FAILURE!

  • My Take

    July 25, 2023 at 9:39 am

    the word ‘woke’
    bastion of freedom
    And worse, they may not be just pòlitical ploys.
    They may actually believe in them.

  • My Take

    July 25, 2023 at 10:55 am

    “New low”
    As Jennifer Rubin says, DeSSgust us is “thoroughly unlikable.”

  • JS

    July 25, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Wow, the mainstream media is really trying to revive this guy. I take it their executives really don’t want to pay taxes.

    There is no “reboot.” Both parties saw this craven degenerate for who he is and were repulsed. When fewer than 1 in 4 women approve of you, no amount of rebranding or marketing is going to save that. The problem is not the campaign. The problem is the candidate. He’s rotten to the core and has no business being in elected office.

  • PeterH

    July 25, 2023 at 11:34 am

    When you receive the kiss of death from the original “alternative facts queen” …… it’s time to move on to another career.

  • Go Woke OR Go Broke!

    July 25, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Nobody who matters cares about “Woke”. Woke sells.

    There’s a reason every big company in America recognizes Pride Month and changes their logo for Pride Month on social media. They’ve done the research that Rhonda obviously hasn’t. For every bigot that a rainbow scares off, they’ll earn more customers who like to see a brand celebrating inclusion for all.

    All this anti-woke garbage he’s spewing is just driving his campaign into a crater and makes him sound like a mentally ill person with a weird obsession.

    DeSantis is also very obviously a flaming racist, and the mask has come off. America sees that.

  • Michael K

    July 25, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    He might consider moving to Hungary and shacking up with Viktor Orban.

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