A new University of North Florida poll released on Thursday showed that 52 percent of registered state Republican respondents would vote for state Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in the 2024 GOP primary and presidential election.
Of those surveyed on the poll only 27 percent stated that they would vote for former President Donald Trump over DeSantis in the Republican primary. In third place, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who announced her presidential campaign in February, had 4 percent of registered Republican respondents expressing their support for her. She was followed by former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) with 3 percent and finally former Vice President Mike Pence who received 2 percent of respondents’ support.
In a potential head-to-head matchup between Trump and DeSantis, 59 percent of state Republican respondents said that they would support DeSantis while only 28 percent expressed support for Trump. In a hypothetical matchup between President Biden and Trump, 50 percent said that they would vote for Trump, while 43 percent said that they would support Biden.
In a hypothetical DeSantis- Biden match-up, 51 percent said that they would support DeSantis, while 42 percent said the same about Biden.
DeSantis has not yet announced his intentions for 2024, but he is highly speculated to be a top contender in the 2024 presidential race. During his State of the State address on Tuesday, DeSantis focused on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his fight against “woke culture.”