Trump Has Double DeSantis’ Support: Poll

by Mary Lou Masters


Former President Donald Trump leads Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the 2024 GOP primary by a massive two-digit margin, doubling the support of DeSantis’ share, according to a poll released Friday.

Trump tops a crowded field of Republican presidential contenders at 50% – a 26-percentage point lead over the Florida governor – according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll. In a head-to-head matchup between the two frontrunners, the former president still wins against DeSantis, but by a slimmer margin of 56% to 44%.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott follow at 7%, 5%, 2% and 2%, respectively. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio garnered 1% of GOP support, and conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy amounted to 0%.

Trump also beat Haley in a head-to-head matchup among Republican voters, 70% to 30%. The majority of the GOP electorate believes the former president will win the Republican nomination, and of those who don’t, DeSantis was overwhelmingly tapped at 41%.

In a hypothetical general election against President Joe Biden, both frontrunners would win, with Trump ahead by 4 percentage points and DeSantis by 3 percentage points. Haley would lose against Biden 42% to 40% in 2024, but would win against Vice President Kamala Harris by 5 percentage points.

The Real Clear Politics (RCP) average for a 2024 Republican primary, based on polls conducted between Feb. 19 and March 23, indicates that Trump has a 15.3 percentage point lead.

Other polls mirror the Harvard CAPS/Harris findings. Trump is up against DeSantis 56% to 25% in the Republican primary, according to a March 22 Premise poll. Forty-four percent chose the former president and 36% picked the governor, according to a March 21 Monmouth poll. Trump leads DeSantis by 14 percentage points, according to a March 15 Quinnipiac poll.

The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll surveyed 2,905 registered voters over the course of March 22 – 23.

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Mary Lou Masters is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo “Ron DeSantis” by Governor Ron DeSantis. Background Photo “United States Capitol” by National Park Service.




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  1. Patti Vlasak

    I’ve been supportive of Trump since 2014. I think he has done a great deal for our country. He turned the southern border around. He commands respect from foreign leaders. I believe the election was stolen from him in 2020. But when he starts making fun of and putting down DeSantis, my respect for Trump goes down. If someone is doing a great job in his current job….AND DESANTIS IS, belittling him takes down Trump a notch in everyone’s minds. Every time Trump is out campaigning and disrespects DeSantis I like DeSantis a little more. Trump sounds like a little kid telling stories about another popular kid. The two could work well together if Trump grows up a little. I teach my kindergarteners never to bully and that’s all Trump does. It’s easy to see why those who don’t like Trump to begin with, do not like him and have actual reasons to show to others.
    Just look at the people’s reaction in Waco.