Poll: Ron DeSantis falls to 8% nationally, tied with Nikki Haley in second place

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Meanwhile, just 2 points separate DeSantis and fifth-place Mike Pence.

A new national poll of Republican Presidential Primary preferences is the worst yet for Ron DeSantis.

The McLaughlin and Associates survey of 449 likely voters shows the Florida Governor at 8% in the polls, 47 points behind former President Donald Trump.

Perhaps more worrisome for DeSantis is that the field is closing in on him in the survey, fielded from Oct. 22 through Oct. 26.

The Florida Governor is tied with Nikki Haley in second place, the latest evidence that the former United Nations envoy and South Carolina Governor is competing for primacy as the Trump alternative in the race.

Meanwhile, two other names are marginally behind Haley and DeSantis.

Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has 7% support, while former Vice President Mike Pence is at 6%.

DeSantis was as high as 19% in the June 23 administration of this poll, meaning that in roughly four months he has lost nearly 60% of his stated support.

McLaughlin also tested a two-way race between DeSantis and Trump, and that hypothetical shows a strong preference for the former President in the case of an unlikely binary choice.

A full 73% of respondents claim they would back Trump in that scenario, with 27% backing DeSantis. The split gets worse when it comes to people who say they would “definitely” back their preferred candidate, with 55% of total respondents firmly behind the former President, and just 11% deeply committed to the Florida Governor.

DeSantis does take some very niche demographic cohorts, but they likely aren’t the key to the Republican nomination.

When it comes to Republican Primary voters who approve of President Joe Biden, 54% say they would pick DeSantis over Trump in the two-way race.

DeSantis does even better with those who are voting in the GOP Primary but who intend to vote for the incumbent in the November election, taking 81% of that group.

And among Democrats who will presumably vote in open Republican Primaries, DeSantis takes 85% of them.

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    October 26, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    If Rhonda is tied to Nikki Haley, might i suggest he put on some white galoshes they find a short pier, go for a long walk, and hopefully meet the new Little Mermaid so she can be like Nancy Reagan and Just Say No when they ask her to save them from eternity under the sea.

  • Michael K

    October 26, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Poor little Ron. No body likes him. Buh bye!

    All that spite, all that hate, and you sink deeper and deeper. You’re toast.

  • My Take

    October 26, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    You go after the redneck vote you get some of it.
    But it takes a lot more.
    How could he not know that?

    • rick whitaker

      October 26, 2023 at 8:48 pm

      i hear earl pitts is all in for desantis, is that the redneck vote you spoke of.

      • My Take

        October 26, 2023 at 9:24 pm

        An archetype specimen.

        • rick whitaker

          October 28, 2023 at 12:22 am

          i think earl is 82 years old and the earl in the sex offender link is young enough to be his son. look up gary burbank aka earl pitts and his real name is billy purser born 1941 in memphis. look under gary burbank on Wikipedia . he’s a maga cultist for sure. he actually thinks his lame comments are funny. he’s stuck in the 1970’s

  • PeterH

    October 27, 2023 at 12:45 am

    American Democracy is safe when Republican approval ratings are dropping!

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Dave Huff

      October 28, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      We would all be drowning in a sea of stupidity if leftists weren’t so shallow.

      • rick whitaker

        October 28, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        are you calling me shallow, or stupid? that’s odd considering that you don’t even know me. i’m a leftist and not stupid or shallow, so you must be mistaken.

        • elHombre

          October 28, 2023 at 6:24 pm

          “I’m a leftist and not stupid or shallow, so you must be mistaken.”
          Not possible!

  • Dave Huff

    October 28, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    Ron come home……

  • elHombre

    October 28, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    This is ridiculous for both. Obviously, Trump is the front runner, but DeSantis and Haley are both excellent candidates and ought to have more support.

    Republicans are challenging Democrats for shallowness.

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 6, 2023 at 5:41 pm

      trump is a maniac, so if that’s your candidate, what does that make you? pitiful dude, pitiful. elHombre, what a joke. anybody that calls themself ” the man ” is a clown like earl pitts.

  • My Take

    October 28, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    If Trump falls legally, medically, or mentally, who would MAGA vote for? Sày, without an instruction from Trump.
    And if he were up to it, who would he reccomend?

  • Russell Anzalone

    October 28, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    “When it comes to Republican Primary voters who approve of President Joe Biden, 54% say they would pick DeSantis over Trump in the two-way race.”

    Trump supporters DON’T approve of Biden……54% what was your sample size….see this is fake news. The media keeps lying about Trump to cover for Biden’s criminality. You do understand that Biden is funding and pulling us closer to World War? You going to send your sons and daughters to die for this lunatic?

    Keep your heads in the sand….the bad orange man and his tweets had worldwide PEACE.

    • rick whitaker

      October 29, 2023 at 8:07 pm

      blaming the media, what a weak argument. did the media make trump kiss putin’s ass? i was in the vietnam war when nixon expanded it and started bombing laos and cambodia, is that the gop peace your speaking of? you sound like a brainwashed maga cultist to me.

  • Soldier Zan

    October 29, 2023 at 7:04 am

    He was doing fantastic governing Florida. So of course, he thought he’d be a great president. False! He had already risen to his level, at least for now, but greed and the machinations of the deep state/elites, won him over. They convinced him that only THEY could get him into White House. But instead he ruined, absolutely ruined his campaign, which was destined for failure anyway. Pence sold his soul to the devil and we all know it, and his response when talking to Tuckerr about Ukraine, was his last nai. “that’s not my concern”….yea Pence we know. He will forever go down as a traitor to his country, one of the worst for what he did to us, blocking the Trump presidency . Now Ron has obviously been possessed by these same evil people. The second that we saw that he was ‘meeting’ with Paul Ryan, we knew he’d been had. Haley has been in their pockets for a long time and hasn’t a chance in , well, hell. Ron could have been the real nominee if he’d only stayed true to us, the people. Now its too late. He should go back to running Florida for the rest of his term (which he promised to do before being captured by the left). Maybe if he proves himself after 10 years or so, he can start again, but probably not. Its likely too late since conservatives have learned the hard way to run from any candidate who is hooked up with the big doners, Fox, etc. Bye Ron!

    • rick whitaker

      October 29, 2023 at 8:10 pm

      you sound dangerous. are you Q anon?

  • Yosemite

    October 29, 2023 at 9:01 am

    “When it comes to Republican Primary voters who approve of President Joe Biden”…
    How could this demographic exist?!? And I certainly don’t GARA what they think!

    • rick whitaker

      October 29, 2023 at 8:59 pm

      of course you don’t give a rat’s ass, you’re a maga cultist, they only listen to trump

  • Art Vandelay

    October 29, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    DeSantis is the poster boy for The Peter Principle.

    • rick whitaker

      October 29, 2023 at 9:00 pm

      he sure is. thanks for that perspective

  • Jcc Fla

    October 30, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Wow, my fist time here. Definitely a Democrat cesspool.

    Ron DeSantis is an excellent Governor as his track record proves. And he would make an excellent President. Have no doubt, should the Democrat lynching of President Trump be successful, Ron DeSantis will be the nominee.

    • D My Take

      October 30, 2023 at 3:25 pm

      Trumpy — LOCK HIM UP !
      Worry about his replacement afterwards.
      It won’t be DeSSantis. Normal people can’t stand him.

    • Dubius Dubois

      October 30, 2023 at 10:48 pm

      Who cares? The J6 protesters are also imprisoned. Trumpac Shakur going to prison will be another example of solidarity with his fellow persecuted and will gain street cred with the rest of us. Just like Pac the people will love him even more after his imprisonment. And IF Romney DeSanctis is somehow the nominee then it is still Trump or bust. Biden can have it, because we ain’t voting for anybody but Trump, seriously who gives af at the point, Biden and DeSanctis have the same puppetmasters and handlers. A match up between Biden and DeSanctis is a fake choice.

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 5, 2023 at 10:38 am

        dubious, you are obviously a maga cultist. you believe only what your cult allows you to believe. pitiful.

        • Jake Brighton

          November 5, 2023 at 11:46 pm

          whats it like being a little dick whitaker crybaby? imagine being stupid enough to believe men can be women, and even more stupid to believe theres a scientific basis behind it, and now not just stupid but demented and sick enough to push this experiment on children. and to think we thought you reached peak lunacy back during the scamdemic. imagine being a clown who genuinely believed that masking up in restaurants and airplanes will keep you safe from covid even though everyone is taking off their masks to eat and drink. imagine accepting the constant redefinition of vaccine because it kept not working. imagine being delusional enough to genuinely believe biden got more black votes than obama. Anyone who isn’t a complete moron would know all of the above was bullshit but you were told to believe in it and so you did, because YOU are the one in a cult. I am an obama supporter and will be voting for the orange man. i was destroying corporation loving tea party cucks with logic and reason back when your demented parents were giving you soymilk in hopes that they could gaslight you into identifying as the opposite sex so they could mutilate you as a child

          • Rick Whitaker

            November 6, 2023 at 3:35 pm

            i’m a progressive democrat and you are a maga cultist, enough said. good luck to you, you need it.

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 5, 2023 at 10:35 am

      jcc, the cesspool you mentioned is the florida desantis has created. why do you think florida has become the laughing stock of the country.. and desantis being considered the worst governor in ameriica. do you ignore those facts? a maga cultist would. enjoy your cult while it lasts.

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