Polls: Ron DeSantis way behind Donald Trump in Michigan, Georgia
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves before s speaking to a crowd at Adventure Outdoors gun store, Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Smyrna, Ga. AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Ron DeSantis
CNN surveys show a narrow path for the Florida Governor in either state.

New CNN polling of the Republican presidential race shows that in Michigan and GeorgiaRon DeSantis is below 20% support, while former President Donald Trump is at or above 55%.

In Michigan, DeSantis has 15% support, 43 points behind Trump and just 2 points ahead of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

In the Peach State, Haley and DeSantis each have 17% support, with Trump at 55%.

Across demographics in both states, DeSantis’ performance is remarkably consistent, with the Governor under 20% with every cohort.

In hypothetical head-to-head contests, Trump drubs DeSantis.

In Michigan, the former President trounces the Florida Governor, 66% to 32%.

In Georgia, the spread is a bit smaller. DeSantis manages 37% support, 24 points behind Trump.

These polls are arguably friendlier to DeSantis than previous surveys in these states.

The Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of 430 likely Michigan voters, which was conducted on Sept. 9-10, shows Trump with 63% support, far ahead of second place Ron DeSantis’ 13%. A July Mitchell-MIRS Poll of Michigan showed the same level of support.

Ironically, Michigan Republicans plan to allocate roughly 70% of the state’s 55 delegates in caucus meetings rather than the Primary, so polls may not matter that much in the end.

Turning to Georgia, the new polling tells a familiar story also. Surveys from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs each showed roughly a 40-point gap between DeSantis and Trump.

DeSantis has courted the support of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who is no fan of the former President. But there is no indication an endorsement is coming.

Georgia’s 59 delegates will be determined by Primary polling on a winner-takes-all basis in March, raising questions as to whether DeSantis (or Haley) will gain from an event held in a neighboring state to the one they call home.

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

    December 11, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    “Thoroughly unlikable” — Jennifer Rubin
    And that is about the mildest verdict.

  • Biscuit

    December 11, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    NewsPlug out of Michigan and Georgia: A CNN poll reveals what the nation already knows and has known for quite some time. Among GOP voters, those who identify* as supporting a preening pathological liar for President far outnumber those who identify** as supporting a merely self-absorbed and unconvincing liar for President.
    *,** In response to the objections of those who barked angrily at me for using the terms “morons” and “idiots,” I have used more precise phrasing.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's Un-Official Campaign Manager" American

    December 12, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, have told you time and time again that The Donald is waiting for 2 weeks prior to election day to withdraw from the race for POTUS. At that time 99.855426% of his base will immedieatly transform into DeSantis voters.
    So in closing:
    America, relax your sphincters, we got this.

    • rick whitaker

      December 12, 2023 at 6:23 pm


  • Dont Say FLA

    December 12, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    The kids that regularly beat up little Ron in elementary, middle and high schools, yelling “Why do you keep punching yourself in the face, Rhonda” still don’t approve of Rhonda.

    I almost feel sorry for poor little Rhonda.

    Their stench of desperation for the approval of bullies it so overwhelming it can be picked up more than a thousand miles away.

    But I don’t feel sorry for poor little Rhonda. He deserves what he gets every single day.

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