Poll: Older voters bail on Ron DeSantis, who trails Chris Christie with senior citizens
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Christie DeSantis
The New York Times survey also shows no support for DeSantis among Black and Hispanic GOP voters.

The latest national survey of the Republican presidential race shows definite attrition for Ron DeSantis among voters his age and older.

The 45-year-old Governor of Florida struggles with middle-aged and senior citizen Republican voters, with 6% support among those between the ages of 45 and 64 and just 4% support among those 65 and up, according to the latest New York Times survey released this week.

The 4% showing with senior citizens is especially glaring, putting him in fourth place with that venerable cohort, behind Donald Trump (64%), Nikki Haley (17%) and Chris Christie (6%).

Among middle-aged voters, DeSantis manages to hold onto third place, far behind Trump’s 70% and Haley’s 10% among that group.

Younger voters, who historically are less reliable voters, seem more willing to consider DeSantis. He’s in second place with those between 18 and 29 years of age, with 14% support. Among those between 30 and 44 years of age, he’s at 16%, which is the high-water mark with any demographic.

Overall, DeSantis is in third place with 9% support, behind Trump’s 63% and Haley’s 12%.

One potential contributing factor to the Governor’s underperformance could be a complete lack of support from Black and Hispanic voters, with 0% of either ethnic group backing DeSantis. That ties him with Asa Hutchinson among both of those cohorts. Vivek Ramaswamy has no Hispanic support also, but has 7% backing among Black voters.

DeSantis does have 9% support among White voters, and 17% among other ethnic groups. Meanwhile, there is an educational gap among the Governor’s White support, with that cohort twice as likely to support DeSantis if they have a college degree (14%) as compared to those who only went to high school (7%)

The 380 likely voters were surveyed between Dec. 10 and Dec. 14.

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


  • Michael roberts

    December 20, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Christie is one of the few from his party who are calling out party hypocrites .

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 20, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    Rhonda polls best among kid because kids just pick the person they never heard of, meaning they don’t already know they hate him.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    December 20, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Ron needs to go all-in with a TikTok campaign.

    That way young folks can come to realize they, too, as does everybody, hate Rhonda.

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 21, 2023 at 4:53 am

    Love it?! Americans are not fooled by racist sexist bs of the trump cult ! Vote the American common good!

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Polling Scholar Emeritis" American

    December 21, 2023 at 8:29 am

    Good mornting America,
    You can relax your sphincters one and all, secure in the knowledge that I, Earl Pitts American, have contacted each and every “Older voter” by phone which was polled and each and everyone is shocked that somehow the pollsters seem to have accidently reported their responses totally wrong.
    These beloved “Older voters” one and all are the stalwart backbone of our Great Nation and dont want the rest of America’s Great Patriots to think that the pollsters are a bunch of dirty rotton cheaters and ask that the wayward pollsters please be forgiven for what was most likely an honest mistake.
    So enjoy your holiday America, secure in the knowledge that these polling results were accidently reported to our beloved on-line host, Florida Politics, in error.
    Earl Pitts “Hey Dook Happens” American

  • Tom

    December 21, 2023 at 9:41 am

    Younger voters = “oh c’mon, how bad can it be?”
    Older voters = “yeah, I’ve seen this crap before and it doesn’t end well”

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