Poll: 1 in 10 Illinois Republicans back Ron DeSantis for President

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The Land of Lincoln is Donald Trump country ... at least on the GOP side.

The Land of Lincoln may not be the Land of Ron DeSantis.

That’s one takeaway from new polling from Illinois that shows just 10% of the state’s Republicans would support the Florida Governor in the state’s 2024 Republican Presidential Primary.

In a survey of Illinois Republican registered voters conducted between Aug. 24 and Aug. 27 by Cor Strategies, DeSantis is 43 points behind Donald Trump, good for a distant second place.

Per the pollster, DeSantis has “dropped” in Illinois, from private polls that showed him in the “high teens” earlier this year.

Close behind DeSantis are Chris Christie and Nikki Haley, each with 6%, and Mike PenceVivek Ramaswamy and Tim Scott, each with 5% support.

Demographics reveal variance, meanwhile. Among women voters, DeSantis is down by 48 points, 57% to 9%, and just 2 points above Scott’s 7%. Among male voters, Christie and DeSantis are tied at 10%, each 39 points behind Trump.

DeSantis has 10% support with conservatives and 11% with moderates. However, while the number with conservatives is good for second place, he is in fourth place with moderates, with Christie and Pence a point ahead.

One positive sign: DeSantis has 26% support in a Trump-free field, with Ramaswamy at 16% in second place.

This polling is worse overall for DeSantis than the Race to the White House average, which shows Trump ahead 51% to 23% among Illinois Republicans. It’s also worse than another single-district poll by the same pollster.

survey of Illinois’ 12th Congressional District conducted between July 5 and July 8 by Cor Strategies shows the former President with 53% support, well ahead of DeSantis (16%) and Pence, who had 8%. The district extends from East St. Louis/Metro East to the Little Egypt and Wabash Valley parts of the state.

DeSantis has campaigned in Illinois, meanwhile, and has made recently elected Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson part of his remarks in recent months.

During remarks this spring at the Peoria-Tazewell County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, DeSantis made jokes about the Windy City’s voting patterns, including contextualizing his 2022 romp over Charlie Crist.

“We won in rural Florida. I mean, we were getting 90-plus percent in some of these rural counties. You know, I used to see numbers like that out of Chicago. I just assumed it was dead people voting or something. I didn’t think anyone could get it. We actually got it. It was fair and square.”

DeSantis also swatted at Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, talking about COVID-19.

“Florida stood as a refuge of sanity as a citadel of freedom for people, not just in our state, but in all of the United States and even for people around the world, including your Governor’s family who sent people down there because we were living in freedom,” DeSantis said.

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


  • Earl Pitts "Scrump Who You Want" American

    August 30, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    This just in from the trusted Earl Pitts American Scientific Polling Division:
    A full 6 out of 10 Dook 4 Brains Leftists are seceretly voting for Desantis also. They state they know its best for America and are hiding this from their Dook 4 Brains Family and Friends because they enjoy engaging in perverted sex too much and dont want their vote to come between them and their scrumpy pals.
    Well I say good for you, scrump who you want, and vote for Desantis.
    I, Earl Pitts American, wont tell anyone.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    *Virtual Bumper Sticker*
    *Scrump Who Ya Want*

    • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

      August 30, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      Park your car in your garage, start the engine, close the garage, and take a nice little nap. It’ll feel good, I promise.

      • Earl Pitts "Scrump Who You Want" American

        August 30, 2023 at 3:19 pm

        FYI that Earl Pitts is a real bad dude. I am Earl Pitts American. Thank you very much.
        Well now that I cleared up that poor misguided citizen let me, Earl Pitts American, share yet another sweet sweet golden nugget of true word.
        I, Earl Pitts American, have lots of Gay and Lesbian friends and they are all aware the left has gone too far way too far.
        Due to that they all confided in me, Earl Pitts American, that they have a duty to God and Country to vote for Desantis. They told me that if anyone claimes to be a part of “The Family” or “The Communitty” and they are not supporting Desantis than they are not Gay or Lesbian but they are Pure “D” Evil and that I, Earl Pitts American, should stay away from those “Evil Creatures”.
        Just sharing the true word America,
        Earl Pitts “Supports Gays And Lesbians” American

        • Mac Wiseman

          August 30, 2023 at 3:22 pm

          Earl you are a true man of the people and I’m proud to call you my friend.

          • Joe

            August 30, 2023 at 3:43 pm

            Your friend is a pedophile, Mac.

          • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

            August 30, 2023 at 9:25 pm

            Good evening Mack,
            Dont worry about that clown Joe. He was part of the regulars back in the “Pre Earl Pitts American Days”. When I first got here this was a closed circuit total Dook 4 Brains Leftist Echo Chamber. So I moved in with my conservative outspoken ways and they have hated me here ever since.
            Sure we had conservative readers but they were too chickin $HlT to post anything until I, Earl Pitts American, came along. The leftist posters, were all so happy in their misery prior to me, Earl Pitts American, kicking down the door to their little nerd clubhouse, beating them up, and stealing their lunch money every day (at least thats how they felt with a strong conservative in their nerd clubhouse who they could not make leave).
            Anyway, Mack, thought you might benifit from a little of the back story on why I’m here and how I got here.
            Yeah Mack they hate me and I wouldent have it any other way.
            *Virtual Bumper Sticker*
            *VOTE DESANTIS 2024*

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  • My Take

    August 30, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Atfer Trumpy, of course, DeSSkunkus and Ramboswampy are the most interesting. Say if choosing a thesis topic in polysci in 25 years

  • My Take

    September 1, 2023 at 1:26 am

    Hayseeds and hicks in the hinterlànds.

    • A Random Guest

      September 4, 2023 at 7:36 am

      10 percent of the Illinois GQP support Rhonda Dear.
      That 10 percent if a minority of a minority party.

      I wonder why they haven’t joined the rest of their rube brethren in fleeing the Land of Lincoln for the likes of the former Confederacy. Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama are calling.

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