Ron DeSantis tops poll of preferred Donald Trump running mates

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Could DeFuture be on the ticket? Probably not. But that's what voters say they want.

People in Donald Trump’s inner circle may have little good to say about Ron DeSantis. But new polling suggests that despite the acrimony, Republican voters would like to see the Florida Governor as the former President’s understudy in the Oval Office.

A YouGov survey conducted from March 24-26 found 64% of Republican-leaning independents and Republicans would approve of the Governor taking that spot, the highest positive number in a field of candidates including Ben Carson, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Carson, at 55%, is the second choice.

DeSantis has better numbers than two other Republicans who washed out of the presidential race. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was acceptable to 51% of respondents, while Vivek Ramaswamy was at 50%.

One name not considered in the poll: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, whose name has been linked with the role.

The Governor is well above water with all demographic cohorts, suggesting that if he and Trump could coexist, he’d be a crowd-pleasing choice.

However, DeSantis continues to say he has no interest in the job.

“Would you take it if it were offered to you? I don’t think I would be good at it and I think I’m probably, you know, more valuable doing other things,” he said during an Outkick interview last year, noting that “doing No. 2” just “doesn’t appeal” to him.

“Some people run for President because they want a Cabinet position or Veep or a TV contributorship. I’m not that,” DeSantis added.

During an interview on Wisconsin Right Now, DeSantis also said he wasn’t interested in a subordinate role.

“I don’t think so. I don’t think I’m a No. 2 guy. I think I’m a leader. Governor of Florida, I’ve accomplished a lot. I think I could do more staying there than being VP, which doesn’t really have any authority,” DeSantis said last summer.

DeSantis also previously ruled out the understudy role in another appearance in March 2023 on Newsmax.

“I think I’m probably more of an executive guy. I mean, I think that you want to be able to do things. That’s part of the reason I got into this job is because we have action, we’re able to make things happen. And I think that’s probably what I’m best suited for,” DeSantis said at the time.

He’s also cast doubt on Trump’s ultimate choice.

“I have heard that they’re looking more in identity politics. I think that’s a mistake,” DeSantis said in February during a call with supporters from his now-suspended campaign.

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


11 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    March 27, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    DeSantis will be an excellent President one day. This time was not his as Trump commands all the attention and excitement of the Republican Party. I would prefer DeSantis but again this was not his time.

    • Impeach Biden

      March 27, 2024 at 7:07 pm

      By the way, DeSantis will not be the VP pick.

      • MH/Duuuval

        March 30, 2024 at 6:18 pm

        Reagan and Bush Sr. teamed up even though in the primary campaign Bush had exposed Ronnie’s bogus economic theory as “voodoo economics.”

        Dee has done his best to stay on DJT’s good side, whatever that is at a given moment.

        I say it would be a marriage of convenience and more.

        • MH/Duuuval

          March 30, 2024 at 7:06 pm

          Or, there’s always the pathological liar Kari Lake tho DJT might become paranoid about her forked tongue out-forking his own.

    • Tom

      March 28, 2024 at 7:59 am

      Attention yes, for many and varied reasons. Excitement, I doubt it. Even my trump humping brother in law has gone from “he might be an a-hole but at least he’s our a-hole” to nah … gonna sit this one out.
      Nobody wants this race on either side methinks.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    March 27, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    Good evening America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, The Donald, and The Ronald have already discussed Ron’s term as VPOTUS and agree that Lt. Govornor will be an excellent Govornor of Florida while Ron and The Beautiful Casey are serving our Great Nation up there in DC with The Donald.
    I will need to spend some quality “EARL TIME” with the increadably beautiful Pam Bondy explaining why she is not going to be VPOTUS.
    The Earl Of Politics job is never ending but I love it.
    Thank you America as all the Dook 4 Brains Leftys prepare their vocal cords for an unforseeable future of Screaming At The Sky with Trump Deraingement Syndrom (TDS].
    Earl Pitts American

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 28, 2024 at 7:59 pm

    Trump, if elected in 2024, will immediately seek to alter the Constitution so that he can serve until death — like the federal courts.

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 28, 2024 at 9:23 pm

    Left Shark would be a stronger running mate even if it was a Floridian shark who also lost Florida it’s electoral of college votes like Rhonda would

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    March 31, 2024 at 11:50 am

    Mates of the running type aren’t among Broke Don’s primary concerns right now.

    Mates of the cell type and mates of the life type concern him quite a bit more.

    If you faced trading away (end of) life mate Melania in exchange for cell mate Leroy “Python” Jones, would you be thinking much about whether VP were to be, or not to be, Rhonda? Is that the question?

  • Dancing Outlaw

    March 31, 2024 at 12:05 pm

    The alliteration of Trump DeSantis ticket would be fun.

    President Broke Don and VP Broke Down .

    Rhonda could be named Broke Down to honor Rhonda’s miserably failed Campaign that broke down before he even put the key into the ignition.

    For the kids out there, “put the key into the ignition” is what cars from the MAGA idealized 1950s era had you do to start the car, rather than pushing a button to start

  • Skinned Pork

    March 31, 2024 at 12:08 pm

    Ron and Don do have matching skin. They’d make a great pair. Of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

    Ron Don’s Serf Shop 2024
    Vote for Don & Ron to ensure you stay a poor, uneducated, effectively enslaved person forever!!!

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