Poll: Ahead of GOP debate, Ron DeSantis has ‘best showing in weeks’

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Can the Governor catch up to Donald Trump?

On the eve of the second Republican presidential debate, new polling has good news and bad news for Ron DeSantis.

Per the Morning Consult survey, the Florida Governor has his “best showing in weeks,” climbing back up to 15%. DeSantis hasn’t seen such heights since the middle of August in this poll.

That’s the good news.

The bad news in the new survey is that despite DeSantis’ incremental gains in recent weeks, he’s still 41 points behind former President Donald Trump.

Behind Trump and DeSantis: a lot of candidates in single digits. These include Vivek Ramaswamy (9%) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (7%). That’s Haley’s best performance in this survey yet.

Former Vice President Mike Pence is at 6%, but with image issues noted in the polling memo: “The latest survey found 45% of potential Primary voters view Trump’s former No. 2 unfavorably, matching the share who hold favorable opinions for the first time.”

In the event Trump somehow exited the race, the polling suggests a third of his support would migrate to DeSantis, with another 25% moving to Ramaswamy and 10% to Pence.

Assuming DeSantis were to withdraw, 34% of his supporters would back Trump, with 19% moving to Ramaswamy, 18% to Haley and 12% to Pence.

The Morning Consult poll also gauged General Election contests between Trump and Joe Biden, as well as DeSantis and the current President.

Biden is up 43% to 42% against Trump, with 10% wanting someone else and 4% unsure.

Biden leads DeSantis 42% to 39%, meanwhile, with 12% wanting a third option and 7% unsure.

These surveys were conducted Sept. 22-24, including 3,552 potential Republican Primary voters who said they plan to vote in the Republican Primary in their state in 2024. More than 5,000 registered voters were asked about their General Election preferences.

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


  • Ocean Joe

    September 26, 2023 at 8:33 am

    First debate he was a no show. Standing in the center spot, he disappeared as Vivek and Christie and Nikki and even Pence dominated the affair.
    The only time he stood out was to refuse to answer the question on climate, and when he waited to see others raise their hands to support Trump as nominee before he would.

  • Earl Pitts "America's-Go-To-Political-Guru" American

    September 26, 2023 at 9:11 am

    Good mornting America,
    Just as I, Earl Pitts American, have been telling you, behold America, here is proof positive of the “Earl Told Ya So” incrimental edgeing upward in the polling for Desantis.
    The edging up is your first sign that the trusted (as long as your horse is on top) polling business’s have a limit to how much bribery money they can and will accept to mis-lead the simp minded Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s along with the simp minded RINO’s, NPA’s, Independant’s, and you 3rd party [throw your vote away] wack-a-doodles.
    The above words of wisdom set the table for the next all critical knowledge drop from Earl:
    The point has been reached in which the polling business’s Nation-Wide have reached their own comfort-level tipping point of the total and compleat loss of their business due to accepting DNC bribes to deceive the gulliable (Dook 4 Brains Leftist Public). As their method to prevent a total loss of creditability *along with their luceratuve business* they “MUST” slowley ramp up the true polling leader (which in this election just happens to be Desantis).
    So America you can truley relax your sphinters secure in the knowledge that Earl Pitts American, just armed you for battle with.

    • Earl Pitts "America's-Go-To-Political-Guru" American

      September 26, 2023 at 9:26 am

      ….. america I had to provide this additional new (not a continuation Bev’s) post of all critical information in regards to my Besty Lefty Buddy Ocean Joe. America OJ is a great guy and not a Dook 4 Brains Leftist. I urge you to all be more and more like me, Earl Pitts American, and be more accepting of others who may have a different point of view than you.
      Thanks my Besty Lefty OJ,
      *special kissing up section to my beloved Beverly Brevity:
      “Bev’s I tried by kinda-sorta-cheating (with a second “fake reply post”) to meet your less words requirements. I hope I made the word count, but if not, I am looking forward to what likely may be some well deserved and exciting [wink wink] “punishment””. * Earl

      • Beverly Brevity

        September 26, 2023 at 10:27 am

        No way you’re getting a spanking, Earl, you’d just talk talk talk the whole time.

        • Earl Pitts "America's-Go-To-Political-Guru" American

          September 26, 2023 at 11:52 am


  • Tom

    September 26, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Gee – he’s reached the dizzying heights of 15%. If that counts for a good week, he may as well get out now and save the money.

  • Biscuit

    September 26, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Latest poll of Republican voters: 56% are morons, and 15% are idiots (the best idiot count for DeSantis in weeks).
    Stupid humans, one and all.

  • Joe

    September 26, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Biden 42, Desantis 39. Ok sure, go ahead, bring on Tiny D, GQP voters!.

  • Tropical

    September 26, 2023 at 11:12 pm

    15% is climbing?
    I’m really glad you’ll never be President.

    I’m also really glad I have the option to skip on past whenever I see Wasteland Pitts’ posts -and I do indeed skip on by.

  • My Take

    September 26, 2023 at 11:47 pm

    I wish DeSScamus were lots closer to Trump.
    The volcano of villification would be a wonder to behold.

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