Poll: Ron DeSantis trails Donald Trump by 51 points in Texas

The Governor has 10% support.

New polling from the Lone Star State shows Ron DeSantis continuing to lose ground to Donald Trump.

The Defend Texas Liberty PAC Texas Statewide 2024 Likely Republican Labor Day Issue Poll shows Trump ahead of the Florida Governor, 61% to 10%, among the 406 likely voters surveyed by CWS Research.

This is by far Trump’s biggest lead over DeSantis in the state. DeSantis was at 13% in July, 19% in June and 23% in May, meaning the Governor has lost more than half his support in the last few months.

DeSantis’ 10% matches the amount of undecided voters, and puts the Governor ahead of the field, including Nikki Haley and Mike Pence, tied for third place with 5% each.

However, even if the field narrows, Texas is Trump’s to lose right now. In a hypothetical two-way matchup with DeSantis, the former President dominates, 62% to 24%. Last month, that lead was 53% to 29%.

DeSantis brought his campaign to Texas earlier this summer, calling attention yet again to undocumented immigrants entering at the Mexican border.

He vowed to use “deadly force” via the U.S. military when asked during a news conference after his campaign event, saying that if some “cartel operatives” got “dropped,” it would change their attitude. He was asked about incursions into Mexico but did not answer that part of the question directly.

The Governor isn’t backing down. During a recent “tele-town hall” with supporters, DeSantis said the American government is “entitled” to take such action.

“Some of the things that we’ve already highlighted as part of our agenda, our border policy, I’m the only one that’s willing to send the military to the border and to use deadly force against the Mexican drug cartels,” DeSantis said. “We’re entitled to do it. They’re killing tens of thousands of our fellow Americans.”

The Race to the White House polling average shows Trump dominating Texas despite the tough talk, ahead of DeSantis 48% to 14%. This poll won’t help that number.

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

    September 12, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    When you are too much of a redneck for Texas, yoù are way too much of a rednec,k.


    • TessieTickles

      September 13, 2023 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for the chuckle, Florida Man.


  • Michael K

    September 12, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    “DeSantis leading race to the bottom.”

    Fixed the headline for you. You’re welcome.


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

    September 12, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Good afternoon America
    Now C’mon America I, Earl Pitts American, have bern preaching to you D @55’s for months on this. But still some of you doubt the superior wisdom of me, Earl Pitts American, and feel you are capable of knowing the left like I, Earl Pitts American, know the left.
    Anyway here we go again:
    1.) So what if the Defend Texas Liberty PAC sounds legit…they may be….but if you Read past the Headline you will see the poll was actually conducted by the evil Bond Villan group CWS Research, a well known Dook 4 Brains leftist group of cheaters, liars, and homer testical sex deviants.
    2.) Now thats where you should have recgonised the scam and just moved on. But I know a lot of you wisely wait to see what Earl Pitts American has to say before you comment and that is very wise.
    So Here You Go America: Yes the above article is Dook 4 Brains Leftist Propahanda and its safe to ignore it and move on with your lives.
    Thank you America,


  • Biscuit

    September 13, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Texas poll of GOP: 61% morons, 10% idiots.
    Stupid humans.


    • TessieTickles

      September 13, 2023 at 6:43 pm

      So much pain.
      Better make an appointment with your gynecologist, stat.


  • Sharon Hughbanks

    September 13, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    I wish to see new posts. I am interested in Florida Politics in general.


  • Çâşëğ

    September 13, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    DeSantis is politically dead man walking


  • Russell Anzalone

    September 13, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    DeSantis should drop out of the race and concentrate on Florida. Our Insurance rates are through the roof and companies are folding during the height of hurricane season leaving homeowners vulnerable.


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