Poll: Chris Christie passes struggling Ron DeSantis in New Hampshire as Donald Trump keeps dominant lead

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It's worse with some demographics: the Governor has just 4% support from 'middle aged voters.'

Ron DeSantis is heading to New Hampshire this week, where he will face the worst polling numbers of his presidential campaign and a third-place standing.

DeSantis has tumbled to just 8% in the latest Emerson College survey of the race, behind Donald Trump (48%) and Chris Christie (9%). The former New Jersey Governor recently crowed that he “caught” DeSantis in New Hampshire, and this poll is the latest piece of evidence backing that claim.

Polling director Spencer Kimball says “DeSantis has been the alternative to Trump in Emerson polling this presidential cycle.”

“This is the first time we have seen DeSantis drop out of second place in our polling, and fall back into the pack of candidates,” Kimball added.

Indeed, fourth place Tim Scott (6%) isn’t too far behind DeSantis.

Closing out the field are North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Nikki Haley (4% each), Vivek Ramaswamy (3%), Perry Johnson (2%) and Mike Pence and former U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (1% each). The remaining 13% of voters remain undecided.

DeSantis is doing especially poorly with voters in his age cohort: “Middle-aged adults are less favorable of DeSantis — just 4% of voters ages 30 to 49 would support DeSantis, compared with 56% who support Donald Trump.”

This is the latest in a series of increasingly brutal polls for DeSantis.

A survey conducted by the Manhattan Institute last month showed just 2 points separate the Florida Governor and the former New Jersey Governor, with both men in low double digits. DeSantis stood at just 13%, 2 points up on Christie’s 11%.

A July survey commissioned by American Greatness and conducted by National Research Inc., showed DeSantis with 11% support, 30 points behind Trump and just 3 points up on Christie and Scott.

The American Pulse survey conducted between July 5 and July 11 showed Trump with 48% and DeSantis with 10.5%, just half a point above Christie’s 10%.

DeSantis will be in New Hampshire this weekend to try to shore up those sagging numbers. On Friday night, he will address the Nashua Steak Out dinner at the city’s Courtyard Marriott. On Saturday, he will be on a Never Back Down bus tour of various places in the Granite State.

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


  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Tò know him is to dislike him.

    • Ocean Joe

      August 15, 2023 at 9:50 am

      Thoughts and prayers for Never Back Downers.

    • FloridaJoe

      August 15, 2023 at 12:03 pm

      Ya. Winning by more than 1M votes sure showed that.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 9:49 am

    What is it going to take to put US out of his misery?

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 15, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Poor Rhonda is behind Christie when Christie’s only in it to be the GOP’s gadfly upon Trump. Christie’s gadfly services were required due to Rhonda and Vivek and other candidates being too sissy to take Trump on. So GOP had to bring in Chris Christie. GOP is a bunch of sorry loooooooooooooosers.

  • Coming into focus

    August 15, 2023 at 10:16 am

    He’s a poor retail politician and every version of himself is unappealing. That, combined with policies which people in states like New Hampshire and Iowa *don’t* want to see (like “slitting throats” of government employees), make people think it’s better to keep him down in Florida.

  • Ocean Joe

    August 15, 2023 at 11:03 am

    I love the sound of cowbells in the morning.

  • Master Race, 3rd Place

    August 15, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Ron: this is the hill I want to die on

    All: oblige him

  • PeterH

    August 15, 2023 at 11:43 am

    For the past three years of campaigning for president he has portrayed himself as unforgiving and unrelenting in decision making. The idea of compromise translates to defeat. DeSantis is simply the wrong person as governor or president.

  • Robert L

    August 16, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Who the hell are these 13% that can’t decide? I assume it’s the same people who drive through flood waters because they couldn’t make up their mind about turning around. Take away their right to vote now.

    • Mike

      August 16, 2023 at 9:21 am

      Wow! I had to reread twice your asinine comment to ensure I have not lost my reading comprehension skills. Voters are kings; they have until the moment they walk into the booth to decided. God forbid they analyze candidates’ policy positions and assess their character. According to you, they should jump on the bandwagon du jour and remain there adamantly, despite any changes in current events or revelations about a candidate.
      Please refrain from posting with this tough-guy image, ok? I suppose you reserve the right to change your mind, correct? Perhaps, you have never changed your selection about anything in your life. My intuition tells me you would support DeSantis, though he’s anything but a conservative on policy and an automaton whose program did not include relatable human qualities.
      I do appreciate your posting for one reason: You’ve helped to illustrate the decline in our civic intelligence (Yah, let’s take someone’s vote away because they have not made a decision about an election several months away without even a debate!) I hope we can conduct a few more elections before people of your ilk run them.

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