New Florida GOP presidential poll is the worst yet for Ron DeSantis
Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a town hall event in Hollis, N.H., Tuesday, June 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Ron DeSantis
Donald Trump leads the Florida Governor by 41 points in the latest Florida Atlantic survey of GOP voters.

New polling from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) suggests that Sunshine State Republicans are souring on Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid.

The survey shows the Florida Governor plumbing new depths in the GOP Primary race, with just 20% support — 41 points behind former President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has taken hold of third place, garnering 9% support.

DeSantis is most competitive with Trump among voters under the age of 35, with 35% support against 41% for the former President.

The Governor’s strongest region is Duval County and other parts of Northeast Florida, where Trump only leads him 44% to 37%. Conversely, he is weakest in the Miami area, with 10% support, and in Southwest Florida, where 6% of respondents back him, putting him behind Haley in that part of the state.

In a head-to-head against Trump, the former President dominates, 63% to 30%. DeSantis leads 48% to 43% in the Palm Beach area, and is in a dead heat with Trump in Northeast Florida in that hypothetical scenario.

The Governor’s image is suffering meanwhile, with just 50% of voters approving of his job performance, against 49% disapproval. He still enjoys 90% approval with Republicans, but the survey suggests his landslide victory in 2022 is just a memory now.

The FAU poll is the second survey to show a diminished DeSantis.

The University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab in a November poll showed Trump had 60% support while DeSantis had just 21% backing.

Florida’s March 19 Primary is a winner-take-all contest, in which 125 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be allocated.

As of right now, that cache appears to be Trump’s to lose.

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


10 comments

  • Michael K

    November 16, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Lowest of the low. That’s our little man.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 16, 2023 at 11:37 am

      This site is dedicated to the destruction of our fine Governor. DeSantis would destroy your boy “Dementia Joe” in a debate. He would crush him in a cognitive test as well. But people like you don’t care about the Southern Border catastrophe, high energy prices, high inflation, crime, and our lack of respect world wide. Look at Ukraine. Look at the Middle East now. We are over 50 attacks now on US installations over there.

      • Silly Wabbit

        November 16, 2023 at 4:23 pm

        You kwazy.

    • My Take

      November 16, 2023 at 11:46 am

      A dreg.
      Does Florida have a recall option?

  • FloridaPatriot

    November 16, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    The fact either of them are ahead is proof that we have failed our citizens when it comes to education and critical thinking.

  • PeterH

    November 16, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    The DeSantis campaign is a sinking ship! He’ll never win a National Election. His political career is finished. Since DeSantis has a problem putting an intelligent informed coherent thought together….. it’s doubtful that Faux News would hire him as a talking head. There is no reset button for his campaign!

  • Dave Walshe

    November 16, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    A bigot and a bully, and a supposed great Governor MIA, but still collecting his salary, & using our tax money to boost his campaign.

  • Biscuit

    November 16, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    NewsBite out of Florida: poll here reveals 61% of Republican voters are morons, while a mere 20% are idiots. 9% think it would be cool to have a chick named Nikki for President, although Bunny or Fannie would be cool, too.
    And the remaining 10% couldn’t find a number two pencil. And those were the smart ones.
    Arf.

  • Bad Advice

    November 16, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    A poor lawyer

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