Poll: Nikki Haley has nearly twice the support Ron DeSantis does in New Hampshire

Nikki Haley deSantis
Haley is near 20%. DeSantis is at 10%.

Ron DeSantis continues to struggle in the “Live Free or Die” state.

In the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary, the Florida Governor is firmly in third place among Republican presidential candidates.

DeSantis’ 10% support puts him 9 points behind former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has 19% backing in the USA Today/Boston Globe/Suffolk Poll released Wednesday.

Far ahead of both candidates: former President Donald Trump, who has 49% support in the survey, which was made up of 40% independent voters and 60% Republican registrants.

The pollster told USA Today that candidates, presumably including DeSantis, would feel pressure to reconsider their candidacies in light of the Haley surge.

“This likely means more money, credibility and interviews will find their way to Haley,” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “More importantly, a case will be made for others to drop out now and back Haley’s challenge to former President Trump.”

Haley spox Ken Farnaso added that “Haley told New Hampshire she would earn every vote—and that’s what she is doing. Nikki has already held more than 50  grassroots events in the Granite State, and she is coming back next week. Our momentum continues to build and we’re just getting started.”

Though DeSantis has described the 2024 battle as a “two-man race” with Trump, he also has devoted energy to countering the threat Haley poses, seemingly to little avail in New Hampshire at least.

During an interview on last week’s “Ingraham Angle,” the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate told Fox News viewers that he was an alternative to the “corporatism” represented by the former South Carolina Governor, as evidenced by a war of words over one of Florida’s most famous entities, The Walt Disney Co.

“We’ve seen corporations go very woke and you know, Nikki attacked me for standing up for the kids of Florida and she sided with Disney when we had a big fight over parents’ rights in education,” DeSantis told Laura Ingraham.

“We took the position that you shouldn’t sexualize curriculum in elementary school. Disney fought us. They tried to stop the bill, then they tried to get the bill repealed afterwards and we stood strong against the most powerful company in our state. I think she’s indicated she would have bent the knee in that situation. And I think that’s been more indicative of her approach, but that approach is a dead end.”

DeSantis has also mocked Haley’s performance as the Palmetto State’s chief executive, questioning what her “record” would be last month on the Mark Levin Show.

Despite these attacks, Haley is attaining parity with DeSantis in at least one recent national poll, and is ahead of the Florida Governor in South Carolina polling of late, meaning that as of now she is the prime Trump alternative in two of the four early states in the GOP nomination calendar.

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

    October 4, 2023 at 10:16 am

    I don’t want her as a GOPer as president, but I would love to see her trounce DeSScamus in the primaries.

  • Earl Pitts "Not The Next Speaker Of The House" American

    October 4, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Goot Mornting America,
    Just a quick note to keep our beloved readership here at our benevolant on-line host, F. P., in the know and in the loop:
    My, Earl Pitts American’s, phone has been blowing up with requests for me to run for Speaker Of The House. My last call was from Mr. Trump begging me to take the job and get that “monkey off his back”. I told Don no and then he said “Father Earl Please Allow This Cup To Pass From Me”. I’ve got to admit that such a Bibilical request from The Donald had me on the edge and in a moment of weakness I almost gave in to his pleadings.
    I feel that there are many qualified people within The Republican Party deserving to step up into that leadership position and I, Earl Pitts American, dont wish to “snatch the rug out from under” such an up and coming potential leader.
    So to my millions of followers, just know, that I, Earl Pitts American, can better serve Our Great Nation by quietly guiding our conservative politicians unknown and unseen from behind the curtian.
    Oh BTW America, I would lend my powerful endorsement to Donald Trump as Speaker if he asks for it. Since Desantis is going to be the next POTUS the Speaker’s Gavel will be a nice political plum of a position for my dear friend, the venerable Donald Trump as a powerfull and meaningfull and historical swan song to hang up his political carreer hat on.
    As a matter of fact I’m going to call my friend back and encourage him to take The Speaker’s Gavel in his hand and bang the #ell out of that wooden hammer …. ring …. ring …. ring …. “Hey Don it’s Earl ….

  • Turd Place

    October 4, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Sliding into third, like a sinking turd 💩

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