Polling shows 70% of GOP and GOP-leaning voters like Ron DeSantis for VP
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Other potential picks inspire comparatively less enthusiasm.

With the principal drama of the Republican presidential race being who Donald Trump picks as his running mate, a new survey shows Florida’s Governor as the top choice.

A YouGov poll conducted between March 30 and April 2 shows 67% of GOP and GOP-leaning respondents want Ron DeSantis as the former President’s running mate.

That’s up from 64% in a similar poll last week.

Meanwhile, 22% of respondents disapprove, putting DeSantis at +45.

Among those registered to vote, meanwhile, enthusiasm for DeSantis grows.

A full 70% of that subgroup is salivating for DeSantis as the second choice for his one-time political benefactor-turned-rival.

Just 21% of registered Republican and Republican-leaning voters disapprove, putting him at +49 with that cohort.

DeSantis said upon leaving the race in January that “a majority of Republican Primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance.”

But based on this poll, a supermajority of that group would like to see him succeed Kamala Harris as the second-in-command.

Other potential picks inspire comparatively less enthusiasm.

Former Cabinet Secretary Ben Carson would be fine with 58% of respondents, and Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was at 55%.

Two former candidates inspired less enthusiasm but still have majority approval among respondents: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina (54%) and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (51%).

DeSantis has said he’s not interested in the gig.

“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.

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


35 comments

  • ScienceBLVR

    April 3, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    Ugh! DeSantis as VP?
    As the Valley girls used to say, “Gag me with a spoon”

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    • VD

      April 3, 2024 at 5:08 pm

      You would rather Ka Mana? She is living proof that anyone can get a law degree. Joe Biden has an excuse for his stupidity. What is hers?

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      • ScienceBLVR

        April 3, 2024 at 8:08 pm

        VD …you and Peachy with Ka Mana?
        I admit I know nutin about Ka Mana.. You speak in tongues and fairy tale villains. Hey Google, Ka Mana.. Here’s what I found.
        Kä Mana, was a Congolese writer, professor, and theologian.[1][2] He was one of the most famous philosophers in the Democratic Republic of Congo[3] and served as President of the POLE Institute.[4] He succumbed to the effects of COVID-19 in July 2021 at the age of 67

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        • VD

          April 3, 2024 at 8:27 pm

          Ka Mana Wanna Lei U. That is the nickname that Willie Brown gave to Kamala Harris when she was working her way up in the political scene in Kalifornia if ya know what I mean. You know the saying,
          “It’s not who you know but who you blow”.

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          • Joe

            April 4, 2024 at 10:45 am

            VD reads only far-right-wing conspiratorial nonsense and believes every bit of it. The very definition of a useful idiot, i.e. today’s typical RepubliQan voter.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 4, 2024 at 11:37 am

            What POS did you read for that piece of slander? More likely you got it from far right radio.

        • MH/Duuuval

          April 4, 2024 at 12:11 pm

          VD = Peachy plus a half-dozen other online handles. They imagine themselves a ghost army when it’s one sad individual living in his mom’s basement.

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          • Rick Whitaker

            April 4, 2024 at 12:38 pm

            MH, when you said that, my mInd went to the memory of the worst smells i remember, a grown boy living in his mom’s basement. impeach biden (peachy), why don’t you pick up a few non-fiction books and read them while your down their in the basement. MH, there are lots of man boys living in moms basements. they all need to do more listening and less talking.

    • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

      April 3, 2024 at 6:00 pm

      Relax your Sphincters Florida,
      While The Ronald and The Beautiful Casey are doing the VPOTUS THING IN DC, I, Earl Pitts American, will be advising Jeanett Nuenez, our new Govorner, with the Sage Wisdom you all have come to expect from ME, Earl Pitts American.
      So fear not in regards to “Who’s Gonna Run Florida while Ron & Casey are up in DC saving The Planet from The Crazy Dook 4 Brains Leftys, The Stupid Ruskies, The Godless Chinks, and the Evil Bearded Muzzys.
      I, Earl Pitts American, will be here for you and Florida.
      Thanks America,
      Earl Pitts American

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      • Rick Whitaker

        April 4, 2024 at 12:39 pm

        WARNING TROLL COMMENT BY EARL SHITTS

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  • Michael K

    April 3, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    He did so great in his $160 million presidential run, and gathered a whopping 4% in the Florida primary, trailing far behind Nikki Haley. Forget that pesky little matter of two “Florida Man” on the same ticket.

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  • JD

    April 3, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    The only way DeSantis will ever be POTUS is this way and a black swann Trump event. Gross either way.

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    April 3, 2024 at 5:30 pm

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  • Impeach Biden

    April 3, 2024 at 6:23 pm

    Do you Demo zombies think 70% of Democrats support Ka Mana again as VP? Do you even think you could get 70% of them to support Slo Joe?

    Reply

    • JD

      April 3, 2024 at 6:27 pm

      Yeah. Nobody likes Trump or what the GOP has become but a bunch of cultish zealots.

      They’re going to get their ass handed to them in November because the alternative of Trump is much worse than Slo Joe. Even without getting into that every metric shows we are far better off with Slo Joe and Giggles.

      Your boy’s and party have zero substance for the common folk (at least any with sense or intelligence). And their mandates were overplayed. People are pissed off.

      You all could have shed him and had some respectability, but it’s too late. The people in your party that actually cared to govern for the people all quit and said “f@ck you” to the MAGAts

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    • MH/Duuuval

      April 3, 2024 at 7:30 pm

      The zombies are the thin blue line that continues to embrace MAGA even tho MAGA celebrates the J6 thugs who attacked police. Locally, the FOP managed to lose pension rights for new hires by following blindly MAGA elected officials who controlled the Jax council and mayoralty.

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      • Impeach Biden

        April 3, 2024 at 8:11 pm

        Again. How many Capital Police Officers were killed that day? How about unarmed Ashley Babbit? Reverse the players and we would have ourselves a hate crime and Ben Crump would be holding press conferences with Al Sharpton on his side.

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        • JD

          April 4, 2024 at 4:52 am

          But we didn’t have those roles reversed we? We didn’t have a bunch of BLM, LGBTQ+, Palestine College Students march on the capital, go into places they were barred from, and cause the deaths of 5 people and injury to 174 police officers.

          Just because the officers didn’t die that day (but did later) is not a testament to crowds being non-violent – it’s a testament to the capital police’s ability (and nice try cherry-picking that stat).

          And let’s not forget, they were chanting to “hang Mike Pence” and erected a gallows, whether in effigy or not. So yes, it sure sounds like a “hate crime” to me.

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        • Ocean Joe

          April 4, 2024 at 10:13 am

          There is no way for any honorable American, including yourself to justify the White Trash gone Wild on January 6 nor the ogre who summoned them.
          Listen to what your own leaders, including Ron Desantis had to say at the time. You live in a blue county, I live in a red one. When my choice for office loses I dont turn into a big fat crybaby and try to destroy our democracy and neither do you. You think Kamala is an idiot? Me too. And Biden picking her was equally stupid as is his decision to stay on the ballot. But one man one vote still counts with me and it should with you. And the fiercest critics of DJT I know are my Republican friends who cant believe what he did to your party.

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        • MH/Duuuval

          April 4, 2024 at 11:39 am

          Ashley Babbitt was pushed into the opening by a hyperMAGA — who then ran off. Look closely at the video that you go back to so frequently.

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        • Dont Say FLA

          April 4, 2024 at 9:07 pm

          Reverse the players and you’d find real men wouldn’t have shoved Ashley Blabbit through the door first like the MAGA boys were so proud to do, betting her life the cops wouldn’t shoot a woman, and then they ran away when they learned were wrong, outing themselves to the whole world for what they are: A bunch of scared little somethings Trump would grab.

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          • MH/Duuuval

            April 4, 2024 at 10:40 pm

            Exactly.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 4, 2024 at 11:43 am

        You need to re-focus on the assault on ALL law enforcement that occurred on J6, and which thankfully resulted in so few deaths on that day and subsequently.

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    • Rick Whitaker

      April 4, 2024 at 12:50 pm

      PEACHY, why are you so wrong, and everyone else is so right? do you enjoy being made fun of? What drives a punk’s punk like you? these are all questions you are surely not able to answer, but i still wonder how someone can be so wrong so many times. don’t get me wrong, i don’t give a rat’s ass about you either way. you are scum, so i don’t care. i do comment to guys like you. even if you don’t believe a word i say to you, now it is in your head. job done.

      Reply

  • Rhonda for VP (vagina patrol)

    April 3, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    This made me laugh, I needed a good laugh today! Rhonda would love nothing more than to be a VP… A white patriarch dictator vagina patrol ensuring vagina inspections for all women’s bathrooms. Rhonda will never be anything more than a worthless disgrace in the history books of Florida’s worst governors.

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    • MH/Duuuval

      April 3, 2024 at 7:43 pm

      You will be hard-pressed to find one who wasn’t eaten up with white supremacy and disdain for working folk..

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      • VD

        April 3, 2024 at 8:08 pm

        So it’s only whites that are racist? Do you travel abroad at all or do you get your news exclusively on Facebook? Racism comes in all colors.

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        • MH/Duuuval

          April 4, 2024 at 11:40 am

          More about your travels abroad, Ugly American.

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        • Rick Whitaker

          April 4, 2024 at 12:53 pm

          vd, so you are defending racism, interesting.

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        • Dont Say FLA

          April 4, 2024 at 9:11 pm

          The composition of the worldwide racist pool doesn’t change the fact of it being white racists voting for MAGA led by Trump who is led by the white racists in a big circle jerk that’s swirling the drain.

          Same goes for Rhonda, the sad little Wannabee Trumpy VP. If Rhonda does become Trump’s VP, I hope he fulfills his destiny, unlike Pence, the one that got away.

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  • Julia Watson

    April 3, 2024 at 7:41 pm

    VP of what? A neighborhood car wash?

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    • Impeach Biden

      April 3, 2024 at 8:06 pm

      You talking about “Fweedumb” herself?

      Reply

  • Joe

    April 4, 2024 at 10:43 am

    By all means, yes please, RepubliQans! I can’t think of a VP candidate who would turn off independent voters more than the angry lil pipsqueak Tiny D. Drumpf/Meatball 2024!

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  • That dang Constitution!

    April 5, 2024 at 11:35 pm

    But what about the pesky little thing called the Electoral College, members of which cannot vote for two candidates from the same state as themselves? And no one believes that a Republican ticket can win the presidency without Florida’s electoral votes. Article II Section 1 Clause 3: “The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves.“

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    • Sally B

      April 7, 2024 at 12:20 am

      You’re spot on. At last, someone on this platform knows the beloved Constitution of the United States. You are educated, if not highly educated, unlike the joke who considers herself or himself as “overly educated”. I wonder whether the “overly educated” can readily quote from Das Kapital and not the Federalist Papers. I for one am enjoying the suicidal ideations of the “overly educated”, a euphemism for pseudo-intellectuals.

      Reply

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