Florida GOP governor Ron DeSantis has risen to be the clear favorite for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, in a new Wall Street Journal poll that buttresses the claim.
Among Republican voters, DeSantis leads Trump by a whopping 23 points, with 56% of those polled preferring DeSantis over Trump as the GOP’s 2024 presidential nominee, while only 33% preferred Trump, as the USA Today-Suffolk University poll showed on Tuesday.
DeSantis defeated Biden by four points, 47% to 43%, while Biden led Trump by seven points, 47%-40%, in addition to the poll that also revealed among all voters.
A 74% of respondents had a favorable view of Trump; 86% of respondents had a favorable view of DeSantis, and among Republicans with 52% to 38%, DeSantis is leading Trump, according to a Journal poll released on Wednesday.
Compared to 36% of Trump’s supporters, the Journal poll also found 43% of all voters had a favorable opinion of DeSantis. In suburban and urban, as well as college-educated, voters, DeSantis was ahead; but among those with only a high school diploma or less, Trump was ahead.
It showed that Iowa Republicans had swung strongly toward DeSantis as their leading presidential candidate for 2024, in a late-November poll from Iowa, where the presidential primary season gets underway every four years with the Iowa caucuses. As Polls of the initial primary states for 2024 show that DeSantis may take charge early in the race.
DeSantis was the first candidate chosen by 32% of respondents in the Neighborhood Research and Media poll, ahead of Trump (30%). The poll showed a massive 23-point swing in DeSantis’ favor from June, when Trump was supported by 38% of respondents and DeSantis by only 17%, and an even larger 46% reversal from November 2021, when Trump was supported by 56% of respondents to 12% of respondents.
Rick Shaftan of Neighborhood Research and Media commented, “With support barely half what it was a year ago in a time when DeSantis’s vote has nearly tripled, Trump becomes a severe underdog in the race.”
Meanwhile, Multiple Club for Growth Action polls was done in different states in the middle of November; and the result showed in Iowa that 37% of respondents preferred Trump, while 48% of respondents preferred DeSantis as their 2024 presidential nominee.
As the same as in New Hampshire which conducts it’s primary next after the Iowa presidential caucuses; where Trump was also preferred by 37%, while 52% of respondents chose DeSantis.
After DeSantis’ resounding victory in the Florida governor’s race in November, in the influential state of Texas, Texas GOP Chairman Matt Rinaldi tweeted, “Ron DeSantis and his optimistic brand of bold and unapologetic conservatism is a winning brand and the GOP should take note.”
In mid-November survey by the Texas Republican Party, revealed that 43% of respondents favored DeSantis as their standard-bearer for 2024, as opposed to 32% who preferred Trump.
In addition, Voters were asked in an ABC News/Ipsos poll that “how much influence various famous Republicans should have on the future direction of the Republican Party”, a survey that was taken on October 21 and 22.
The Florida governor was named as someone they would like to have “a great lot or good amount” of influence over the party’s future course, with 72% of respondents. While Former President Trump ran in second, with 64% of respondents who thought that Trump should have influence, while 63% of respondents chose Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz who ran in third.