Ron DeSantis losing half his support in South Carolina, according to his own pollster

The Governor was supported by 1 in 4 South Carolina Republicans in June. What happened since?

Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is in the midst of a Palmetto State plunge, according to a pollster that has done work for his campaign throughout this cycle.

The survey, conducted between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1 by Public Opinion Strategies for the Citizen Awareness Project, shows the Governor at 11% support among 400 likely voters in next year’s South Carolina Presidential Primary.

That’s down from 24% in a poll conducted June 1, meaning that the Florida Governor has lost more than 50% of his support in the last four months.

DeSantis is in third place in the survey, behind former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has 17% support, and former President Donald Trump, who has 53%.

Haley has gained 7 points in the last four months, while Trump is up 14 points from the June number.

The polling comes out as DeSantis plans two events in Upstate South Carolina that have been advised to the public on Wednesday.

DeSantis will be in Spartanburg for his first stop at 10 a.m. at an American Legion post on West Park Drive.

From there, he will go to Greenville for a 12:30 stop at “Revel.” Bring your appetite, as a BBQ lunch will be provided.

DeSantis has said he’s a “great candidate” for South Carolina and has suggested that despite still being Governor of a different state, he may sign a sublease in South Carolina to make the sale to the state’s Republicans. But the internal polling is the latest to show the Governor has ground to gain among Palmetto State Republicans.

The Race to the White House polling average shows DeSantis in third place with 11%, trailing Trump (46%) and Haley (17%), but ahead of Scott (9%).

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Thirsty For Likes

    October 2, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Hahahahahaha well, at least Ken Stermer is still his good friend.

  • PeterH

    October 2, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    DeSantis will grift until his supporters stop sending him money!

  • SteveHC

    October 2, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    CLEARLY DeSantis doesn’t care and knows fully well that he and his family are just pissing away donors’ monies on his new-found support for short-term vacays. Can’t say that I blame him, for at least he’s learned from the famous fellow Floridian P. T. Barnum that “there’s a sucker born every minute.”

  • My Take

    October 2, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    Especially in states with a big military and military retiree presence, he should be excoriating Trump’s confirmed spitting on the graves of America’s fallen and on the wounds of the maimed.
    MAGA may not be moved, being traitors, but some of Trump’s other support may.

    • Simp Christians

      October 3, 2023 at 6:36 am

      Maggats are SOOOO servile to Convict45 the don’t care if he hates Vets, or their own mother. They are all-in on Qanon Kool Aid.

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