NBC News poll shows Ron DeSantis’ national popularity at a historic low

The poll shows him far behind Donald Trump as a choice for Republican Primary voters.

A poll shows nationwide public opinion of Ron DeSantis at a record low point.

Only 27% of voters have a positive view of DeSantis, and only 9% have a strongly positive view, according to an NBC News survey conducted by Hart Research Associates/Public Opinion Strategies.

The poll shows DeSantis trailing far behind Donald Trump regarding suppo0rt for the Republican presidential nomination. About 58% of Republican Primary voters said they would pick Trump for the job, compared to 18% who chose DeSantis. The Florida Governor does poll against the next closest option, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, at 13%. No other candidate received more than 3% support.

If there’s good news for Florida’s Governor, 36% list DeSantis as a second choice, more than any other candidate, including Haley at 15% and Trump at 13%.

But his approval ratings show public sentiment around him has declined significantly as his campaign for President continues.

The pollsters first started gauging nationwide public opinion of DeSantis in May 2022, when he was coasting toward re-election and buzz had already begun about a presidential run. At that point, 28% of all registered voters had a positive view, with 20% having a very positive view. There were 26% who had a negative view, almost 20% of those with a very negative outlook.

The very strong support column has since crumbled to half-strength in the poll. But it’s DeSantis’ negative standing that really shows a change in national stature.

At this point, 47% see DeSantis in a negative light, with 37% offering a very negative view.

The negative 20% net approval rating for DeSantis is worse than Trump, though far fewer voters are neutral about the former President. In fact, 52% of voters have a negative outlook on Trump, with 45% with a very negative opinion. But 36% of voters have a positive view of Trump, 21% very positive.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • My Take

    November 19, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    The sooner this disgusting dishonest (ever distorting) clown is off the national stage the better. Well, except for Florida where he returns.

    • Silly Wabbit

      November 19, 2023 at 2:55 pm

      Twue that.

  • My Take

    November 19, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Give it up, Ronnie. You’ve lost.
    Let Nikki focus her attacks on Trump.

  • My Take

    November 20, 2023 at 4:23 am

    Ronnie DeSSludgeis — the bottom of the barrel.
    I had hoped that Ronnie would get cĺose to Trump . . . to set off an amusing volcano of vitriol from Trump.

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 20, 2023 at 4:41 am

    Desantis has said over and over again Trump got him elected governor of Florida! As usual a trump cult guy, Desantis, turns and bites the ass of anyone and anything that DeSantis perceives as against him! Love it. Watching trump cult people turn and eat each Other! Lol

  • Michael K

    November 20, 2023 at 8:02 am

    It’s has to be someone else’s fault that Ron is flailing and sinking deeper into oblivion. Couldn’t possibly be because his policies, rhetoric and actions are deplorable and he’s simply not a likable person.

    • Silly Wabbit

      November 20, 2023 at 2:08 pm

      He pooped.

    • Justice

      November 20, 2023 at 2:22 pm

      I’m in total agreement with your opinion, bless.

  • Biscuit

    November 20, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    Breakingwind news out of America: Most GOP voters are rock solid morons, and the number of mere idiots has dwindled of late. That’s bad news for Florida’s Governor, who has tried to compare Florida to many other states in an attempt to charm them. Apparently it was taken as an insult.
    Florida Man.

  • John L

    November 21, 2023 at 11:11 am

    What….the people outside of red crazy Florida don’t want a mean fascist with nutjob right wing policies to run their country. Wat a surprise.

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