Poll: Nikki Haley outperformed Ron DeSantis in final debate

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A plurality of respondents said no one won, however.

A new survey suggests that Florida’s Governor didn’t score an outright win in his final presidential debate of 2023.

Per a poll from The Economist and YouGovNikki Haley was perceived as the strongest participant in the four-person debate last week in Alabama.

Haley was judged by 21% as doing the best, 3 points ahead of Ron DeSantis’ 18%, with Chris Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy at 12% and 10%, respectively.

DeSantis has been attempting to goad Haley and the Donald Trump into debates ahead of key nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire next month.

“I think if you’re not willing to debate in Iowa on the eve of the caucus, that shows the voters a lot about you, and about your willingness to engage on these issues. So I want to debate. I’ll be there,” DeSantis told Iowa media.

“I think people in Iowa are catching on to this. Haley really represents the failed political establishment of yesteryear. … Certainly, in a one-on-one debate, we would be able to really see that contrast very sharply. And I think it would be a contrast that would benefit me vis-à-vis Nikki Haley in terms of these Iowa caucus voters.”

The polling doesn’t necessarily show that the debate that just wrapped benefited DeSantis or his rivals, however, with 21% not sure who won and 24% saying “none of them” won.

The same poll shows Trump well ahead of his opponents nationally, with the former President at 61%, 50 points in front of DeSantis and 511 above of Haley.

Trump of course offered his own withering appraisal of DeSantis’ debate performance recently.

“I thought Ron DeSanctimonious was terrible, with his bobble head facial movements & his walking on eggs,” Trump posted Saturday to Truth Social.

The former President went on to claim that DeSantis’ “weird bobbing head and fresh mouth make his high heels look good.”

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


  • Richard Russell

    December 13, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Who was being polled; are they anti Israel Muslims? Chris Cristy beat Vivek – that is BS, no true Republican could vote for him. But then if Haley won, then its totally a bunch of RINO’s.

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

      December 13, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sage Wisdom & Good Knowing Stuff Richard.
      Most likely we are dealing with leftists behind the release of this Fake Poll.
      The RINO’S got no organized game like the dangerous leftys have.
      Most RINO’S just talk their stupid shizz but fail on the expert organization and media control the left has.
      Yeah Richard odds are 99.99% that the above polling was the work of the left.
      Again, just to drive the point home, the RINO’S got no game they are just a bunch of sad-sack individual feckless losers.
      Thanks Patriot Rick EPA

    • rick whitaker

      December 13, 2023 at 5:37 pm

      richard russell, so you believe polls when your guy is ahead, and don’t when your guy is behind, how mature of you. that is the maga cultist way

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    December 13, 2023 at 5:00 pm

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  • God, Country and Florida

    December 13, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    Oh, AG…how can you say outperforming when it’s statistically a tie? Still waiting on you to place virtue signaling qualifiers of (Dem/Democrat) after your name. Remember, if you were honest, more than 30% of Americans (give or take) would actually believe you.

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 14, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Everybody outperforms Rhonda in every debate. Even the smarmy guy from California mopped the floor with Rhonda in that practice debate which only got Rhonda more practice at losing.

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