Poll: Ron DeSantis retains second place in Iowa

DeSantis Iowa
The Governor continues to be the Hawkeye State's Donald Trump alternative.

Ron DeSantis is still the strongest alternative to Donald Trump in Iowa, at least according to the latest Trafalgar Group poll.

In a survey conducted from Sept. 14 through Sept. 18 of 1,079 likely GOP caucus voters, only DeSantis is in double digits. While the President’s 49% is good for first place, DeSantis’ 16% puts him well ahead of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (8%), Vivek Ramaswamy and Tim Scott (7% each), and other candidates in the field.

DeSantis’ 16% showing is marginally better than other recent polls.

A survey of 500 likely voters, conducted Sept. 17-19 by the Trump-friendly Fabrizio Lee, shows DeSantis at 15%, 30 points behind Trump.

In the Fox Business poll conducted from Sept. 14 through Sept. 18, Florida’s Governor has 15% support, 31 points behind Trump.

Other recent polling of Iowa Republican caucus participants shows a similar race. September’s Emerson College Poll shows the Florida Governor with 14% support, 35 points behind Trump.

Yet as we have noted before, DeSantis is confident.

During an interview on KCCI, DeSantis said his Hawkeye State struggles against Trump are because the Florida Governor is a “new kid on the block” against a former President with “unrivaled name identification.”

“We’re still how many months away; people haven’t even made final decisions yet. I mean, I think it’s unrealistic to think that somehow you sew it up four or five months ahead of the Iowa caucuses,” DeSantis said. “He comes into this with unrivaled name identification; people know him.”

“I’m a new kid on the block. I mean, I think people appreciate what we’ve done in Florida, but they don’t know that much about it, and so we are able to inform that,” DeSantis added.

Though polls suggest DeSantis isn’t especially competitive with Trump, the Governor is undaunted, calling himself a “clear second under any metric.”

“Everybody else is in single digits,” DeSantis said on the Rubin Report. “I wouldn’t trade places with anyone in Iowa right now.”

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 22, 2023 at 9:31 am

    IF Trump falls, legally or meďically, DeSScamus is in a pŕetty good position.

    • JD

      September 22, 2023 at 9:52 am

      If they are smart (and it legal), they should keep Trump in there until after the primary and then excommunicate him from the General.

      How would that work if legal? He won the primary but barred from the general? Is that uncharted?

      It would be interesting and probably detrimental to the country “healing”, but I often wonder if we are past that.

      • My Take

        September 22, 2023 at 10:41 am

        14th Amendment should be legal at any stage.
        And I don’t care how mad MAGA gets. Feel free to tax me a bit more to make more prison space.

  • Joe

    September 22, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Second place is the first loser.

  • Leonard

    September 22, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    DeSantis is right where he needs to be. If Trump falters…the DeSantis strategy of focusing on Iowa will pay big dividends. He will win Iowa…carry that momentum into New Hampshire where he will likely finish 2nd or 3rd…then move into SC to battle it out with Scott and Haley.

  • Biscuit

    September 22, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Latest poll of Iowa GOP voters: 16% are idiots, 49% morons.
    Stupid humans.

  • My Take

    September 23, 2023 at 12:04 am

    On another recent topic,, and to give the dirtbàg his due, I can’t imagine DeSScamus EVER disparaging a badly wounded and crippled US soldier. Like the verminous Trump.

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