Poll: Ron DeSantis barely in double-digit support among Republicans nationally

DeSantis AP
Trump leads by 47.

Another new national poll of the Republican Presidential race shows Gov. Ron DeSantis in a distant second place to former President Donald Trump.

The Harvard-Harris Poll finds Trump with 57% support, 47 points up on DeSantis among Republican voters.

The race for second place is much more competitive, meanwhile.

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, at 8% support among GOP voters, is just two points behind DeSantis. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s 6% is good for fourth place.

Ramaswamy is also within one point of DeSantis when it comes to second-choice preference, at 22% support to the Governor’s 23%.

When adding independent voters to the poling calculous in open Primary states, DeSantis and Ramaswamy are actually tied for second place, each at 9% support and 40 points behind Trump.

Nearly four out of five Republicans (78%) believe Trump will win the nomination, another sign of the former President’s seeming inevitability.

In head-to-head polling between just Trump and his opponents individually, the former President is way ahead of DeSantis and every other Republican. DeSantis’ 31% support against Trump is the best performance in the field.

National interviewers are asking DeSantis about his poll struggles.

During an interview on the Fox News Channel’s “America Reports,” the Governor downplayed the importance of a fresh Fox News poll showing Trump leading him 60% to 13%, and a Quinnipiac poll with a 62% to 12% spread. Those polls show DeSantis doing marginally better than the Harvard-Harris poll.

“I think it’s a state-by-state thing. So, (we’ve) focused our efforts on the early states. I mean, if it was a national Primary, we’d have a different strategy and we’d be applying our efforts differently,” DeSantis rationalized.

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 16, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Trump, DeSSantis, and Ramenswampy — all act crazy in their pronouncements and plans. Are we somèhow choosing the honorary King of Lawn Day at the asylum?


  • Richard Russell

    September 16, 2023 at 10:35 am

    After losing in Iowa and New Hampshire, anyone still running against Trump should drop out and share their campaign funds to support Trump. To do otherwise, will be an expression of hatred for our nation and its future survival.


    • Silly Wabbit

      September 16, 2023 at 10:38 am

      You kwazy.


    • Rick Whitaker

      September 16, 2023 at 6:29 pm

      to support trump would be an expression of hatred for our nation and its future survival. don’t forget he is a sexual predator, liar, thief, and russian colaborator. i could go on and on but cultist don’t believe the truth if it goes against their cult leader. good luck being a trump cult follower, you’ll need it.


    • Keisha

      September 18, 2023 at 9:28 am

      Well. At least the white christian nationalists aren’t hiding any more.


  • Biscuit

    September 16, 2023 at 10:36 am

    Latest poll of Republican voters: 10% are idiots, 57% morons.
    Stupid humans.


  • PeterH

    September 16, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    This is more reason to keep Trump’s four criminal trials on track. The judges in these trials are well versed in Trump’s “delay delay delay” tactics and should understand that Americans will be pointing in their direction if these cases are not concluded before October of 2024!


  • Michael K

    September 16, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    It’s hard to imagine getting many votes outside of the confederacy.


    • Rick Whitaker

      September 16, 2023 at 6:32 pm

      Michigan and Wisconsin are pretty trumpy, why, i don’t know.


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