Latest Americans For Prosperity poll finds Nikki Haley leading Ron DeSantis in Iowa, New Hampshire

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'A clear trend can be seen in terms of growing support for Haley and shrinking support for DeSantis.'

Americans for Prosperity Action endorsed Nikki Haley for President over Ron DeSantis recently, and new polling they released seems to corroborate that at least when it comes to Iowa and New Hampshire, the Koch Network group made the right move.

“In these states, a clear trend can be seen in terms of growing support for Haley and shrinking support for DeSantis amongst GOP primary and caucus-goers, with Haley growing from single digits in early August to now being in second place. In contrast, in this same time period, DeSantis has been static or shrinking,” reads a polling memo from Michael Palmer, AFPA Senior Advisor.

Former President Donald Trump is in the low-40s in both states, a strong lead. But what’s clear from the polling is that Haley has supplanted DeSantis. She leads him 17% to 16% in Iowa, a state where DeSantis visited all 99 counties as of Saturday (the same day the friendly Never Back Down super PAC parted ways with a few high-profile staff members). And in New Hampshire, Haley has 25% support while DeSantis has 9%.

The memo argues that “a plurality of DeSantis voters say they would support Haley as their second choice while DeSantis does not get that level of support from Haley voters.” It also notes that “more of DeSantis’s voters have a favorable image of Haley than the other way around.”

Indeed, DeSantis is underwater in both states with Haley backers, while Haley has net favorable ratings with DeSantis enthusiasts.

DeSantis enjoyed AFP Action backing in both of his campaigns for Governor, which was controversial at the time in both the Primary and General elections. But since they’ve shifted support away from him, he has new criticisms of the organization.

Discussing the endorsement on Newsmax last month, DeSantis argued that Americans for Prosperity “supported open borders” and “Nikki is … very weak on immigration,” which “gives her some synergy with that group.”

DeSantis said that “in someone like Nikki,” Americans for Prosperity sees “somebody that’s going to be more aligned with establishment interests.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    December 3, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    Somebody left the seacocks open on the rusty tub SS DeSSantis.

  • My Take

    December 3, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    If he comes in third in Iowa, will he quit?

  • Ocean Joe

    December 3, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    Haley is an impressive public speaker who could retake much of the women’s vote and imo send Biden packing. No wonder she is beating our quirky governor.
    While Democrats are likely to ruin their own chances, we can count on the GOP base go over the falls again with Donald.

    • Richard C Russell

      December 4, 2023 at 1:28 pm

      Those women had better think twice if they have young children who will come of age in the next few years, as Haley (an avowed war mongering, shill for the Military Industrial Complex) will send their kids to die on foreign soil to enrich her supporters.

  • Michael K

    December 3, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    Nicki is just a weather vane – a quitter in the mold of Sarah Palin. She’s no moderate, but no matter. Even though she’s bound to trounce Tiny Dee, the MAGA cult is still worshipping the fascist orange messiah and won’t let go. They, not the Koch’s, control the party.

  • PeterH

    December 3, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    If Nikki won the nomination…..I think the MAGA contingent of Republicans wouldn’t bother to vote. Ocean Joe above thinks she would win the women’s vote. That may be true but like every Republican in the Primary Nikki has made statements in the past that she would ban abortion nationwide if given the chance. She or Christy would be accepted by most Americans….. I think Desantis won’t be around if he loses again in New Hampshire.

    • My Take

      December 4, 2023 at 8:55 am

      She or Christy would be accepted by most Americans
      I think that’s right.
      They would be considered conservative but within the range of normal.

  • Richard C Russell

    December 4, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Ronny boy, suggest you get the hell out and endorse Donald J. Trump now or your last day as an elected politician will come in January 2027, when you leave the Florida Governor’s office! The big guns (political hacks and power brokers) have abandoned You for a war mongering POS who is totally in bed with the Military Industrial Complex.

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 4, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Without Hannity running interference for them, Rhonda is going to be buried by their debate with Nikki Haley. It’s gonna be so much fun to watch and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh

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