Poll: GOP Presidential Support Shifts Dramatically

Ron DeSantis

(RightIsRight.co) – For the first time, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has surpassed former US President Donald Trump in voter support for the 2024 presidential nomination, a new poll has found.

According to the YouGov survey conducted right after last week’s midterm elections, DeSantis now has a seven-point lead on Trump among Republican Party voters in a hypothetical race for the next GOP White House nomination.

That is a reversal of the situation from a month earlier when Florida’s governor was trailing the 45th President of the United States by 10 points.

According to YouGov’s findings, 42% of Republican voters now favor DeSantis for becoming the 2024 presidential nominee of the GOP, while 35% favor Trump.

The last time Trump was not the top Republican politician was in February 2016 when he was slightly behind Texas US Senator Ted Cruz.

In last week’s midterms, DeSantis won reelection with a nearly 20-point lead on Democrat challenger, Rep. Charlie Crist.

In the YouGov poll, Trump retained a lead on DeSantis among “strong Republicans,” though only by two points – 45% to 43%.

Florida’s governor had the edge among “not very strong” Republicans – 38% to 31% for Trump, and among voters “leaning Republican,” with 45% vs. 21% for Trump.

The new YouGov survey was carried out among 1,500 American adults between November 9-11.

In October, the same poll showed that 45% of Republican voters supported Donald Trump as the favorite for the 2024 presidential nomination vs. 35% for DeSantis.

Shortly before the midterms, another public opinion poll by Morning Consult found that Trump enjoyed “relatively steady” 2024 nomination support among GOP voters during the past 1.5 years.

In May 2021, it was measured at 48% of Republican voters, reaching 57% in August 2022 and declining back to 48% in early November 2022.

In recent remarks and social media posts, Trump has attacked the Florida governor by calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

“Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017—he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers,” Trump said in a statement.

“Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot, Ron.’ When I Endorsed him, it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off,” POTUS 45 added.