New national polls find Ron DeSantis near campaign lows
Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a town hall event in Hollis, N.H., Tuesday, June 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Ron DeSantis
Going into Milwaukee, the Florida Governor faces a polling slump.

Ron DeSantis will be at the center of the debate stage Wednesday night. But two new national surveys find him far behind the absent Donald Trump, at or near polling lows for the 2024 cycle.

The new Yahoo! and YouGov poll featured a blunt headline: “DeSantis’ support collapses ahead of first debate.”

The Governor, now at 12%, has lost nearly half his support from mid-July. He is 40 points behind Trump, and only 4 points above third-place Vivek Ramaswamy.

The biggest problem for DeSantis in this poll, however, may be that 54% of those polled want Trump, while just 34% want “someone else.” In a head-to-head matchup against Trump, DeSantis gets 23% support, with 60% preferring the former President.

A hypothetical head-to-head for DeSantis against Joe Biden suggests issues in the General Election, meanwhile. Biden leads overall, 45% to 40%. The President takes 91% of Democrats, with 1% crossing party lines. Meanwhile, DeSantis takes 83% of Republicans, with 4% going to Biden, and the remainder “not sure” or saying they “would not vote.”

Meanwhile, the latest survey from Morning Consult also augurs poorly for the Florida Governor.

“The former President is beating DeSantis by 44 percentage points among potential Republican Primary voters (58% to 14%) ahead of the first GOP presidential debate, marking one of the Florida Governor’s lowest levels of support since we began tracking the race in December,” reads the site’s memo accompanying the latest results.

DeSantis hit the 14% level for the first time earlier this month.

He’s still above the rest of the field, but the lead is shrinking. Ramaswamy has 10% support, Mike Pence has 6%, and no other candidate has more than 3% backing.

DeSantis is still the top second choice for Trump supporters, but with seemingly waning enthusiasm at 33%. Ramaswamy is the preferred backup plan for 23% of that group, and 13% pick Pence.

Ramaswamy’s net favorability among Republicans, meanwhile, is better than DeSantis’ number at this point. DeSantis has a 7-point advantage in favorable ratings, 62% to 55%. But his 23% unfavorable rating nearly doubles Ramaswamy’s 12%.

In a head-to-head against Biden, DeSantis is down by 6 points, 43% to 37%.

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


  • My Take

    August 23, 2023 at 8:22 am

    Hands down the worst president versus hands down the worst governor. Pathetic.

  • Ocean Joe

    August 23, 2023 at 8:30 am

    The loss of support suggests his campaign did an excellent job of exposing him and his ideas to the general public.

    Congratulations Christina, Never Back Down, the young guy who likes Nazi imagery, Zombies for Liberty, the Florida legislature who let him run without resigning, etc. Great work!

    • Huh

      August 23, 2023 at 9:11 am

      You named a bunch of American White Christians.

      Not immigrants, not Mooslims, or Jews or even a single Asian.

  • My Take

    August 23, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Way down is where dregs are supposed to be.

  • 💩

    August 23, 2023 at 9:12 am

    This is the Master Race

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

    August 23, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Good mornting America,
    Keep on pretending these early polls are real and not bought and paid for by the left. Lap it up like mother’s milk you political babies. Its expected – why do you think “America’s Go To Political Guru” the bright and handsome, Earl Pitts American, has saddled you with the moniker “Dook 4 Brains Leftists” ?

    • Ocean Joe

      August 23, 2023 at 10:01 am

      Earl, you are becoming the “Bagdad Bob” of the commenters.
      I respect that.

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    August 23, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Most Americans don’t like fascist racists.
    But this is shocking news to the Rhonda camp.

  • Michael K

    August 23, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Funny how alienating broad swaths of the population are weighing our little man down, down, down. And just when you think he couldn’t possibly go any lower, there he goes.

  • My Take

    August 23, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    And just when you think he couldn’t possibly go any lower, there he goes.
    It’s beauuse it doesn’t go to zero, = not at all like.
    It is in negative territory. Actively dislike. That magnitde is unbounded

  • Roomies

    August 24, 2023 at 12:42 am

    Since leprosy is making a comeback in Florida can it go find desantis and stay with him? Lol

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