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Florida Republicans prefer DeSantis over Trump in 2024: New poll shows




  • A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found Florida Republicans prefer their governor, Ron DeSantis, over former President Trump to lead the country.
  • DeSantis now leads Trump in a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary in Florida.
  • Neither Trump nor DeSantis has made any official announcements that they will run for president in 2024.

Former President Donald Trump’s appeal among Florida Republicans has significantly eroded, according to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll. Meanwhile, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been gaining support from his constituents.

DeSantis now leads Trump 48%-40% in a 2024 presidential primary poll in Florida. In January,  USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll of Florida showed Trump leading DeSantis 47%-40%.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean DeSantis would lead in any other GOP primary state,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “But it is one data point suggesting a shift in preferences from GOP voters away from Trump and toward DeSantis from Republicans who know both potential combatants quite well.”

Both the Florida governor and the former president have said they are considering presidential campaigns in 2024. However, neither has made an official announcement about launching a campaign. For DeSantis supporters, the governor is equally popular with Trump without the legal and other baggage that the former president carries.

DeSantis received criticisms last week after he used state funds to send about 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, an exclusive island in Massachusetts.

The USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll also found that DeSantis leads Democratic challenger Charlie Crist 48%-41% for the governorship. Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat, has served as governor and in Congress.

Though President Joe Biden’s approval rating has increased in the Sunshine State, Trump still edges him in the state 47%-44%. DeSantis leads Biden by a wider margin, 52%-44%.

A third of the respondents say that the major issue on voters’ minds is inflation and the economy, That may account for their more downbeat mood compared with the beginning of 2022. The percentage who say they are “worse off” than they were four years ago has increased to 49% from 39%.

Respondents who say the U.S. is “on the wrong track” climbed to 67% now from 58% then.

On the eleven issues the poll listed, threats to democracy rank second, at 13%, and abortion rights is third, at 11%. Twenty-one percent of Democrats rated abortion rights as their top concern.


Source: Yahoo! News



  1. paulkersey50ca

    September 23, 2022 at 9:41 am

    this, so called, shift in preference is being manufactured by the press. There is no president that has done more for this country while, at the same time putting up with more abuse from both the “woke” left and the neocon/rino factions of the (“woke”) rIght. I love Desantis. i think he has the chops to be a great future potus. but he does not have the experience in foreign affairs that sorely needed in a world gone mad. I can think of no one else i would trust with the task of restoring peace to the world than the man who has already done it, before the clown of rohoboth blew it all up. these are dark time on planet earth and the usa is under assault as it has never been since the civil war. Desantis needs to stay in Florida and keep it out of the hands of the left while developing a suitable replacement should he decide to move on to the white house. today is the day for Trump if we want to move america out of the socialist storm we have allowed her to flounder in.

    • Sadie

      September 25, 2022 at 7:05 pm

      Thank you,said well and to the point!

  2. franklin archambault

    September 23, 2022 at 10:20 am

    If he is the elected one lets hope he has enough brains to fire everyone appointed by biden, george w. obama and clinton thats what the Donald should have done and I think he will as for me I vote TRUMP for revenge

  3. D. Sentz

    September 23, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Not this Floridian! Though I do love Governor DeSantis, I prefer Trump. Trump has been there and will not need the time to get ready to deal with the barrage of garbage that is thrown at any Republican in office. We need DeSantis to stay in Florida until 2028. I would however consider a Trump/DeSantis ticket to be ok…but we really need DeSantis to stay in Florida.

  4. Tamituna

    September 25, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Crystal Clear seems to be muddying up things. Republicans want Ron in 2028! Right now , the GOP is Donald Trump!!! Anybody else is a watered down version. Ron has too much integrity to pull that ***t! It would divide the party. And that is just what the Dems/Marxists want! AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN !

  5. Tha Count

    September 25, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Pools prefer DeSantis versus Mr Trump?
    What are you smoking? It must be exquisite stuff so give me something
    The Democrat thieves who manipulate these pools as we know, will stop at nothing to stop a Biden-Trump 2024 rematch . They will try to convict Mr Trump on fabricated charges ,they will try to divide the GOP and if noting will work they will use the final solution to stop what they fear the most. Can you imagine the nightmares Clinton’s, the Biden’s the Obama’s have knowing that if he is not stopped they will have to face the reckoning day? Can you imagine the general who wants to know what white rage is ,how he is sweating realizing that the treason indictment is less than a few weeks away or at most two years?
    They are terrified the way how Macron, Trudeau Zelinsky and other political figures are from having their flow of american taxpayers money stopped once the real president takes the helm
    Interesting observation don’t you think?
    So the question is , can the thieves loose the upcomming midterm, November elections?
    No they cannot and they will do everything possible to win or keep the power
    The question is what the patriots will do because we know what the loyalists will do. I watched them in 2020 grilling and drinking and celebrating the stolen election and they will do the same this time
    The question is ,do the thieves realized that most of us, the civilized ones, will let it go and full ourself again that we can rectify the wrong at the next election?
    I think that they know that and they will proceeded accordingly
    My grand father told me once. When you loose your freadom the only way to get it back is by spilling blod. I tend to agree with this statement but the statement was for a different time and a different kind of people who don’t exist anymore. They all died out and the the thieves know that and that is the secret which will guarantee their success at the ballot box

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