A recent poll by Mason-Dixon Florida found that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to have high approval ratings, and would beat former President Donald Trump in a head-to-head primary matchup in the Sunshine State. DeSantis has earned recognition for reversing course on COVID-19 lockdowns, combating “woke” critical race theory and gender-identity content in schools and taking a combative attitude toward his opposition. The poll shows DeSantis is more popular than Trump or President Biden, both of whom have underwater ratings among voters in Florida. The governor has become a top contender for the 2024 White House run, even though he has not declared his candidacy.
Trump world has already started launching attacks against DeSantis, with Trump himself accusing the governor of supporting cuts to Social Security or Medicare. Trump’s negatives with Republicans are nearly three times worse than those of DeSantis.
In a head-to-head matchup, DeSantis leads Trump 44%-39% among registered Republican voters, and the governor has refrained from criticizing Trump directly. The fighting between the two GOP heavyweights has overshadowed other declared candidates for president, including Nikki Haley, Asa Hutchinson, and Vivek Ramaswamy, and Vice President Mike Pence is also anticipated to launch a presidential campaign soon.
Although Trump’s hold on the Republican Party has been strong, DeSantis’s approval ratings suggest that he may be a more viable candidate than the former president. DeSantis has proven popular among Republican voters and has been praised for his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite Trump’s attacks, DeSantis continues to enjoy high approval ratings and could be a serious contender for the Republican nomination. The 2024 presidential race is still far away, but if DeSantis were to become the Republican nominee, it could signal a significant shift for the party.
The poll shows that DeSantis is significantly more popular than Trump even among regular Republican primary voters, with his favorable recognition at 87%, compared to 71% for Trump.
The governor’s job rating has increased by four points since just before the 2022 election, and 59% of registered voters approve of his performance as governor since his re-election in November.
The fighting between Trump and DeSantis has largely overshadowed other Republican presidential candidates, and it remains to be seen whether the former president’s attacks will have any impact on DeSantis’s approval ratings.
If DeSantis decides to run for president, he would likely face significant opposition from Trump and his supporters. However, the governor’s high approval ratings suggest that he could be a serious contender for the Republican nomination.
With the 2024 presidential race still several years away, it remains to be seen who will emerge as the frontrunner for the Republican Party. Nonetheless, DeSantis’s popularity suggests that he could be a significant force in the upcoming election.
In conclusion, DeSantis’s approval ratings continue to soar in Florida, and the governor would beat Trump in a head-to-head primary matchup in the state, according to a recent poll.
DeSantis has earned recognition for his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, combating “woke” critical race theory and gender-identity content in schools and taking a combative attitude toward his opposition. The fighting between Trump and DeSantis has overshadowed other Republican presidential candidates, and it remains to be seen who will emerge as the frontrunner for the Republican Party in 2024.