Poll: Ron DeSantis in a strong second place in Iowa

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Good news emerges from a pro-DeSantis polling operation.

A new Iowa survey from a pollster associated with Ron DeSantis suggests the Governor is still in second place.

The survey of 400 likely caucus participants, conducted for the Citizens’ Awareness Project by Public Opinion Strategies between Sept. 19 and Sept. 21, shows DeSantis with 21% support.

Though DeSantis is far behind Donald Trump’s 46%, this poll suggests he has second place on lock. Former United Nations envoy Nikki Haley is at 9%, good for third place. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott is in fourth place with 6%.

The polling suggests elsewhere that for voters who aren’t drawn to Trump, the undercard choice is between DeSantis and Haley.

“DeSantis is the second choice among Trump, Ramaswamy and Scott voters. DeSantis is not in the mix with Haley voters,” the Public Opinion Strategies deck reads. Indeed, DeSantis takes just 11% of Haley supporters as an alternative to their preferred candidate; Scott takes 42%.

The Governor has a 70% favorable rating against a 27% unfavorable, with the latter being the third highest marker of disapproval outside of Mike Pence and Chris Christie. Only Scott (72%) and Trump (77%) are more popular than DeSantis, however. Overall, the pollster notes that DeSantis’ “image identity” is still second best in the field.

While 30% of respondents are only considering Trump, POS notes that when it comes to other groups DeSantis is holding his own.

Among the 43% considering Trump and other candidates, DeSantis’ 25% support is just 12 points behind Trump.

Among the 25% not considering Trump, DeSantis’ 37% leads the field, with Haley’s 21% in second place.

“DeSantis is seen as the best candidate to beat Trump. Maintaining this edge is critical because it translates into ballot support,” the pollster notes, with 37% of respondents holding that view.

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


  • JD

    September 23, 2023 at 10:23 am

    400? That’s barely lunchtime at a Golden Corral feeding trough.

    Meh. That isn’t anything indicating a positive.

    When can we talk about the “silent majority” in the recent special elections with Democrats overperforming against even entrenched Republicans ALL OVER THE NATION?

    Those are REAL reactions and more indicative of how the general is going to go.

    GOP Death rattle…

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      • Rick Whitaker

        September 23, 2023 at 7:11 pm

        what are you selling? is it a pyramid or a pyramid scheme?

  • PeterH

    September 23, 2023 at 10:34 am

    In the general election Independent voters will not be voting for extremist Trump, DeSantis or Ramaswamy!

  • Richard Russell

    September 23, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    Give Ronny time, he’ll stick his foot in his mouth. But second place does not win any points. This contest does not award “participation ribbons”. Sorry!

  • darlene Scarince

    September 24, 2023 at 8:42 am

    I believe that Ron De Santis has by his actions is the most courageous candidate. Dear Pres.Trump is caving on the abortion issue most likely because he feels he will not get elected being 100 present pro life. Should he change his mind I will vote for him. I do not appreciate any of the candidates speaking against another. We are in dire straights in this country and we need to unite to salvage the beautiful ideals and traditions & turn back to God. I pray Pres. Trump stands up as he did as president.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 24, 2023 at 2:56 pm

      don’t you realize that neither trump or desantis care about god. now biden has proven that he does with godly actions, not hollow words like the maga scum. i don’t expect you to understand what i’m saying because of your christian cult status. you christian cult people seem to disregard the separation of church and state. if i was president you would want the separation for sure. hypocrisy, is what they call that.

  • R barnes

    September 24, 2023 at 9:13 am

    dont believe. The Iowa gang of fraud whom argue polls mean nothing when it comes to Desantis but got the Iowa in the palms of their hands. Team Deace. Oh l mean Desantis believes the election about 2 things. Abortion and Covid
    Sad how the “team” destroyed Desantis before he even got his feet under him

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