Poll: Ron DeSantis trails Donald Trump by 35 points in Florida

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Republicans like the Governor's job performance. But they want the former President to be the 2024 nominee.

A new Florida survey from a pollster who works with Donald Trump shows the former President approaching 60% support in the state.

And as Trump rises, Gov. Ron DeSantis falls.

Per a Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates poll conducted Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, Trump has 57% support among 500 likely voters in the Florida Republican Primary, with DeSantis mired at 22%.

Compounding the problem for DeSantis is the firm commitment Trump voters have to their candidate, with 81% saying they were “definitely” voting for Trump. DeSantis’ support is much softer; only 2 in 5 of his supporters aren’t considering another option.

DeSantis is the only candidate in double digits, so he has a firm grasp on second place. Nikki Haley, at 7%, is in third place, and no other candidate has more than 2% support.

Nevertheless, the polling suggests that the Florida Governor is not seen by Republicans in the state as the right choice for the Republican nomination next year, even though the same survey shows GOP voters still believe DeSantis is doing great in his current role.

A stunning 90% of Republican voters approve of DeSantis’ job performance, with 76% of the poll’s respondents saying they “strongly” felt that way. Just 9% of respondents disapprove of DeSantis’ job performance, meanwhile.

This new poll is the latest to show the Governor way behind Trump.

The Race to the White House polling average for the state shows Trump with 54% support, doubling up DeSantis’ 27%.

Trump, of course, has dispatched Florida candidates before. In 2016, former Gov. Jeb Bush withdrew from the race before the state’s Primary. However, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stayed in the race through Florida, where he lost by double digits.

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 8:25 pm

    “A stunning 90% of Republican voters approve of DeSantis’ job performance, with 76% of the poll’s respondents saying they “strongly” felt that way,”
    Are humans devolving?

    • Biscuit

      October 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

      Nope, they’ve always been pretty stupid. Arf.

  • Rick Whitaker

    October 4, 2023 at 9:20 pm

    florida’s maga cultist overwhelming support for desantis’ job approval is both deplorable and tragic. no wonder florida politics is a joke nationwide. the good people of florida don’t deserve this. vote dem and let the healing begin. a trait of the maga cult is that when they get exposed for something bad, they doubledown. that’s insanity.

  • Professor Emeritas Earl Pitts "Earl's Smarter Than You" American

    October 5, 2023 at 9:38 am

    Good mornting America
    The information is presentated in a lame @55 method to make Dook 4 Brains leftist’s think that the pollsters did not just report an increased support for Desantis.
    And unfortunatly I see [above] that a couple of Dook 4 Brains Leftist’s are leading the way in the display of how gulliable their sub-human brains really are.
    These Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s are to be prayed for in the ferverent hope that one day we can find a medical cure for Dook 4 Brains Leftism [D4BL] before it destroys our Great Nation and we are all forced to speak Chineise.
    Remember the D4BL’s in our prayers America,

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 5, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      BABBLE, BABBLE, BABBLE billy purser aka earl pitts it is obvious you have gotten a hold of some strong weed finally. it is apparent in your post that you are spaced out. your dispensary has been selling you ragweed until now. go easy, at 82 you might fall and break your hip. by the way, anybody that calls themselves smart, is a dumb sob. i know your world is shaken now that your boy desantis is going down the drain. smoke just one fatty instead of 2 or 3, you are obviously distressed. i bet you’re wondering how i found out about your personal life, i’ll never tell. you haven’t responded to me exposing your real name, i wonder why. anybody can look you up on Wikipedia and find your life story. it don’t say anything about your predatory behavior, but that can also be found on other sites. your cover is blown, so now people know who you are. i’m sure desantis doesn’t want to be connected to you. anybody running for public office would consider you a pariah.

  • Biscuit

    October 5, 2023 at 11:55 am

    Survey of GOP voters in Florida reveals….drum roll…..
    22% are idiots, 60% morons.
    No shortage of stupid humans in Florida!

  • Michael K

    October 5, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Of course, Ron is nowhere to be seen in Florida. Rumor has it he is paid well for a job here. I think he moved to Iowa, the Florida of the Midwest.

  • Biscuit

    October 5, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Survey of GOP voters in Florida: 22% are idiots, 57% are morons.
    No shortage of stupid humans here.
    The GOP needs a dog in the race.

    • Biscuit

      October 6, 2023 at 8:52 am

      Sorry to repeat myself, the first post was “awaiting moderation,” and then it disappeared for several hours, so I reposted the same information. Now I’ll know how this human works, he/she takes my post for a walk for a few hours, then puts me back. Yeah, I get it now. Arf.

  • Reality check

    October 5, 2023 at 11:36 pm

    Hence the adage: the only Republican presidential primary voters who think DeSantis can be president have never met him!

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