Pollster explains how Ron DeSantis’ ‘message is falling flat’
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The Governor 'has not made any headway' against Donald Trump.

In the wake of another bad national survey for Ron DeSantis, the pollster behind it is offering a sobering message.

“DeSantis’ message falls flat,” reads the headline from the latest Monmouth University snapshot of the Republican presidential race.

The memo details a damning indictment of a static race in the weeks since the Governor formally launched.

“DeSantis’ efforts to paint himself as both a stronger candidate and a more effective leader than Trump have largely failed to connect with the GOP electorate,” the pollster writes.

“When asked whom they would like to see as the Republican nominee for President in 2024, 46% of GOP-aligned and leaning voters name Donald Trump and 20% name DeSantis without any prompting. In a Primary ballot question that explicitly lists 14 announced candidates, Trump’s support increases to 54% while DeSantis’ vote share barely moves (22%) and no other candidate gets above 5%. In a head-to-head contest between just the two, Trump garners 55% support and DeSantis gets 35%.

“DeSantis has not made any headway. The arguments that he’d be a stronger candidate and a more effective president than Trump have both fallen flat,” said Patrick Murray, Director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

DeSantis does beat Trump in one scenario: a head-to-head battle among “non-MAGA” Republicans. The Governor prevails there 47% to 39%.

The memo goes on to detail that DeSantis is seen as both less electable and less effective than the former President.

“Just 22% of Republican voters say that DeSantis would be a stronger candidate than Trump in a general election against incumbent President Joe Biden, but nearly twice as many (47%) say he would actually be weaker than Trump. Another 26% say DeSantis would be just as strong as Trump. On the question of governing, only 19% feel DeSantis would be more effective than Trump in running the country and getting his policies enacted, while 49% think Trump would be more effective than DeSantis. Another 30% say the two men would be equally as effective.”

DeSantis’ lack of traction comes amid falling favorability: The Governor enjoys a “largely positive rating (65% favorable and 18% unfavorable),” which has “steadily eroded from his top result of 80% favorable in February.”

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


  • M. Mouse

    July 25, 2023 at 11:40 am

    That’s our little man, can’t even compete with a psychopath!

  • Thomas Kaspar

    July 25, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Florida’s largest police union endorsed Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) presidential bid this week, after endorsing former President Trump in 2020.

    “For the over 30,000 men and women in the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the choice for us could not be clearer,” the group’s president, John Kazanjian, said in a statement t

    You two are bologna central.

    • Jay Smif

      July 25, 2023 at 12:17 pm

      Pudgy fascist Ron DeSantis ORDERED the police union to endorse him, otherwise he’d personally come for them, princess, just like every other group in the state that he threatens.

      The police union HATES the fact that pudgy Ronnie put a bulls-eye on the back of every cop in the state with his new permitless carry rule that will only end in more tragedy for the citizens of Florida.

      • Gay Dolphin

        July 25, 2023 at 1:11 pm

        To be fair to Thomas Kaspar, he’s a bootlicking moron who doesn’t understand facts.

        • Jay Smif

          July 25, 2023 at 4:22 pm

          True, true, and good reminder.

  • PeterH

    July 25, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Look …. Let’s face reality. Everyone in America has seen or heard of Ron DeSantis’s failed policies in his home state of Florida. Americans don’t want the Florida mess to spread. Americans look at “forever” governed red states like Texas, Mississippi and Alabama and ask themselves…..”do we want to be like Alabama?’

    • SteveHC

      July 26, 2023 at 12:24 am

      – Precisely so.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 25, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    So all twelve remaining “non-MAGA” Republicans prefer Ron DeSantis. Good for them. Sounds like MAGA isn’t the lane for Ron. But Ron is trying to drive directly up MAGA lane despite crash after crash. LOL @ Stoopid Rhonda Who Doesn’t Even Know Which Lane Is The Rhonda Lane

  • Ron's Message

    July 25, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Ron’s message is perfectly good. It works every time Trump delivers it. The problem is, and I don’t know how Ron no comprendo this, but the message, it’s Trump’s message. Ron doesn’t have a message of his own. Ron has nothing at all to offer anyone.

  • My Take

    July 25, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    How could anyone observe DeSSgustus and not see howling kook? Or kkkook.

  • JD

    July 25, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    It’s the scene from Starwars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith after Obiwan cuts off Anakin’s appendages: “You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!”

    So Disappointing DeSantis.

    • My Take

      July 25, 2023 at 8:37 pm

      Yep, ol’ Ron is a defective product.

    • JS

      July 25, 2023 at 9:05 pm

      You’re implying that DeScatis becomes Darth Vader. That is a title of which he is highly unworthy. Darth Vader was successful.

      • JD

        July 26, 2023 at 7:05 am

        That is very true, and noted.

        My mistake.

  • My Take

    July 25, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Nazi and slavery symp, why what could anyone object to?

  • My Take

    July 26, 2023 at 3:29 am

    Does DeSantis seem fully human in terms of personality? The Congressionaĺ UFO hearings start today. Many of the farther fringers çlaim that aliens actually wàlk among us. Maybe Trump ought to look into it. I’m keeping an open mind.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 26, 2023 at 7:41 am

      You’ve noticed to too. When DeSantis mouth is open he look just like Kermit the Frog. Frogs are amphibians, lizards are reptiles, but they’re kissing cousins, and in human form they are indistinguishable. Also of note, DeSantis is very well known for his associations with Miss Piggy.

  • Lex

    July 26, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    This is a joke, right? We haven’t had a debate. The press loves Trump even if the press is never favorable to Trump. Desantis is not doing anything wrong, except thinking you could win quickly. This will be a long primary and Desantis should be positioning himself to be the last one standing next to Trump. Trump can easily implode. As we get closer to the end of the primaries the message that Trump may not do as well in the general election as the primary can be made, but only if Desantis is in the last two. Trump is getting sympathy support because Trump is being unfairly targetted by Democrats, but Trump’s unfavorable issues will play far worse in the general election. Desantis just change your pace so you are there at the end and you should be fine, but you are not going to be able to beat Trump early in the primary.

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