New national GOP 2024 poll shows Ron DeSantis in third place

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Ramaswamy has a marginal lead for the 2nd place slot.

Fresh national polling shows Ron DeSantis in third place nationally in the 2024 Republican presidential race but just 1 point out of second.

The Kaplan Strategies survey of 800 likely voters in the GOP Primary contest shows DeSantis just behind Vivek Ramaswamy, with 10% support compared to 11% for the entrepreneur and author. Both men are way behind Donald Trump (48%) and ahead, for the moment, of Mike Pence (8%).

Meanwhile, there are more “uncertain” voters than DeSantis supporters, with 13% of those surveyed unsure who they back.

“Since our prior poll a few weeks ago, we’ve observed President Trump’s unwavering stronghold. Vivek Ramaswamy’s ascent to second place and Gov. DeSantis’ pursuit, closely followed by Vice President Pence’s advances, have shaped the dynamics,” said Doug Kaplan, explaining the results. “The forthcoming debate is anticipated to illuminate the Primary contender landscape, providing greater clarity.”

Ramaswamy has told donors he’s “on track to eclipse” DeSantis in polls, and this survey at least says that’s the case.

The Governor’s position isn’t helped by increasing unfavorable ratings. Per Kaplan, 32% of Republicans regard DeSantis unfavorably, compared to 53% approval. DeSantis is at +21, trailing U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (+28), Trump (+27), and Ramaswamy (+25).

This poll is marginally more negative for DeSantis than the previous Kaplan poll, which showed Ramaswamy tied with him at 12%. Trump was at 48% in that survey, released last month.

Though this poll has DeSantis in third place, the overall Race to the White House polling average still has him second to Trump, 54% to 16%. Ramaswamy, at 7%, is still a distant third.

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    August 14, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Polls should ask who voters have excluded. That way Rhonda could have improving poll numbers and could feel better about themself and could draw charts with lines having arrows showing “trending up”

  • JS

    August 14, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    I was a bit surprised to see Vivek catapult to second place, but it goes to show what a vile and repulsive parasite Florida elected and reelected to be Governor.

    How awful do you need to be in order to unite Dems and Rs against you? Everything he does is “REEEE! Woke woke woke woke woke! What? WOKE? BAN IT! REEEEEEEEEE!”

    DeSantis is Joseph McCarthy/J. Edgar Hoover 2.0.

  • John Barron

    August 15, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    Their numbers keep crashing! The DeSancti are finished!! Way too damaged even for 2028. Republicans want Trump!!

  • Unwoke Brone Joke

    August 15, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    Wasn’t woke, campaign went broke

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