Poll: Lee County Republicans Like DeSantis, Prefer Trump as 2024 Presidential Nominee

July 6, 2022 Updated 9:32 AM ET

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

July 6, 2022 Updated 9:25 A.M. ET

LEE COUNTY (FLV) – A new poll shows Lee County Republicans like Ron DeSantis more, but they prefer Donald Trump as their 2024 presidential nominee. 

The polling firm Victory Insights surveyed primary voters in Lee County between June 30 and July 1st.

The polster tested Former President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds. 

Desantis had the highest total favorability out of the three, even though all three were very liked and only disliked by a small minority. For DeSantis, 73% gave a “very positive” response, Trump received 54% and Donalds 46%. 

However, likely voters would rather see Trump as the nominee for President in 2024. About 36% prefer Trump, 30% prefer DeSantis and 34% are neutral. 

“This could be due to a number of reasons, one being that Floridians are so enamored with DeSantis as Governor that they wouldn’t want him to leave that post,” the polling document said. 

“Regardless, with 34% of voters neutral on the matter, it’s clear that neither Trump nor DeSantis have a commanding lead in Florida – yet.”

The memo said Southwest Florida is “politically crucial” in statewide races and Republican primaries. Southwest Florida is also a fundraising stop for candidates. 

Governor DeSantis has repeatedly laughed off a presidential run.

“I’m trying to think like, what is this obsession with 24? Like we don’t even have the 22 election,” DeSantis said June 23. “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.”

Trump has not said whether he will run again. When asked about running with DeSantis as his VP candidate, Trump said, “Well I get along with him.“

Trump Asked About Choosing DeSantis as Running Mate: ‘I Get Along with Him’

“I was very responsible for his success because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship.”

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