New Hampshire poll shows Ron DeSantis as worst-performing Republican against Joe Biden

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The Primary isn't going his way. A poll says a General Election would likewise be ugly.

Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t campaigning heavily in New Hampshire. He’s spending no money on ads going forward. And after Friday’s visit to the state, he is heading back to South Carolina, which holds its Primary on Feb. 24.

New polling suggests the Governor’s neglect of the Granite State could come back to hurt him in the event he earns the Republican presidential nomination, meanwhile.

In a survey released Friday by Marist, DeSantis is 9 points behind President Joe Biden, with just 42% support against 51% for the incumbent.

He does markedly worse against Biden than does Nikki Haley, who leads the President 52% to 45%, and Donald Trump, who trails Biden 52% to 45%.

Biden would take 95% of Democrats in this hypothetical contest, while only 82% of Republicans say they would vote DeSantis at this point, with 9% leaning Biden and 19% undecided.

His best performance is with evangelical Christians, of whom 71% say they back DeSantis, with 21% preferring the President.

DeSantis does lead with respondents who don’t have college degrees, with 51% support. That support climbs to 58% with men who haven’t graduated college.

Interestingly, DeSantis has a marginal lead, 48% to 47%, over Biden with voters under the age of 45. That’s a rare demographic win for the Governor in this survey.

Even though polling of Tuesday’s Primary suggests DeSantis will finish in single digits, that doesn’t mean Republicans and GOP-leaning independents in the state don’t approve of him. He’s at 53% favorability with that group, against 26% disapproval.

He does better still on the question of whether or not respondents would be “satisfied” with him as the nominee, with 66% of Republicans and 51% of GOP-leaning independents finding him acceptable.

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


  • Impeach Biden

    January 19, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    Nikki Fried says, “keep those negative stories about DeSantis going.” Gancarski says, “Wilco. Now about that date Nikki.” 😜

    • JD

      January 19, 2024 at 1:34 pm

      Earl’s moniker has switched to Impeach Biden.

    • Disappearing DeSantis

      January 19, 2024 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Casey (sock puppet account)

      Sorry your Qanon party lost The White House.


      Hunter’s Laptop 💻

    • Tom

      January 19, 2024 at 2:48 pm

      Maybe it’s just the candidate. I’ve read three or four op-ed pieces today detailing how and why his campaign sucks. Even fox news wants him to drop out and they supposedly like him. The stench of failure surrounds him like a fog as they say.

      • Impeach Biden

        January 19, 2024 at 3:02 pm

        They will all drop out soon Tom. This is what the media has wanted

        They got their wish. Biden will
        Be hiding. He will ignore Trump. He won’t debate him because he is incapable. Chaos will reign for four more years. To think that Kamala s even closer now to being CIC. TEREIFYING!

        • Disappearing DeSantis

          January 19, 2024 at 5:06 pm

          Dark Joe sez ‘ no malarkey pal!’


        • Marvin M.

          January 19, 2024 at 10:46 pm

          Oh for crying out loud. “The Media” wants nothing more than a protracted fight for the Republican primary so that they can get more sweet sweet ad money from the various sources

          Trump is more likely than Biden to call off debates. Trump will claim “the moderator is unfair” or some such. Even if it’s Fox News.

          DeSantis went to every county in Iowa and did not win one single one of them. 99 counties. He went there. Showed them his stuff. And they still went with Trump (except one that went for Haley).

          DeSantis is a crappy, flawed, and unprepared candidate, way out of his league, his lane, and his comfort zone.

          Don’t blame “the media” or any one else for his failures. They are completely his own.

          • My Take

            January 20, 2024 at 4:19 am

            Even if he were nice, liked, and skilled, Look at the crap he’s been trying to sell. Start with weird woke, proceed to drag queens!!, then …..

  • It's Complicated

    January 19, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    New Hampshire has voted Blue in EVERY Presidential Election since 2004, so wouldn’t one expect President Biden to out-perform any GOP candidate?

    • Impeach Biden

      January 19, 2024 at 2:58 pm

      Bran freeze up there. They don’t think right anymore. Lost like Kalifornia.

      • Disappearing DeSantis

        January 19, 2024 at 5:07 pm

        You poor Villages idiot. Klan meeting cancelled tonight?

        • Impeach Biden

          January 19, 2024 at 7:05 pm

          The same old tired argument. If you don’t like what I say, then I’m racist, sexist, homophobic, etc, etc. Get some new material

          • God Bless President Biden

            January 20, 2024 at 9:05 am

            You’re a based homophobe not because I say so; I found you that way.

            Supporting Hamas-Adjacent MAGA cunts like you are what happened in Gaza.

  • Elmo

    January 20, 2024 at 9:32 am

    DeSantis does better with the under educated so of course his agenda is to dumb down all the schools even more.

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