DeSantis Surpasses Trump in Poll of Florida Republican Voters

July 18, 2022 Updated 10:09 AM ET

Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore).
Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore).

July 18, 2022 Updated 10:09 A.M. ET

FORT MYERS (FLV) – Another poll shows Gov. Ron DeSantis as a strong contender for the 2024 presidential election.

A poll of likely Republican Primary voters by Victory Insights shows Gov. Ron DeSantis with 61% of the vote compared to Former President Donald Trump with 39%. Respondents had to choose between the two candidates in the poll. The poll’s maximum margin of error is 4.1%.

When given the opportunity to declare undecided, DeSantis still was ahead with 51% of the vote compared to Trump’s 33%.

“Not only is DeSantis unquestionably more popular than Trump in Florida, he is also unquestionably the favorite for the 2024 nomination,” the poll summary said.

The pollster said DeSantis is 8% more popular than Trump, 8% more likable, has 21% higher enthusiasm behind him, and a 24% higher number of strong supporters across the state.

“In other words, Ron DeSantis is officially more popular than Donald Trump in the state of Florida,” the poll summary said.

Former President Trump and Governor DeSantis have not announced whether they would launch campaigns for president.

Governor DeSantis has said he is focusing solely on a 2022 re-election campaign for the state’s top leader.

“I’m trying to think like, what is this obsession with 24? Like we don’t even have the 22 election,” DeSantis said in June. “I think it’s because the media knows that the Democrats are going to get hammered in 2022. They don’t want to talk about it.”

Victory Insights also asked who did a better job in their role: Ron DeSantis as the Florida Governor or Donald Trump as President of the United States? The poll favored Trump with 51%.

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