President Donald Trump is soaring ahead of Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for the 2024 GOP presidential primary, a new poll has found.
In a hypothetical GOP primary match-up, Trump is crushing DeSantis by 17 points, according to a new Morning Consult poll.
The poll shows Trump has 48 percent support among potential Republican primary voters while DeSantis has just 31 percent.
Former Vice President Mike Pence came in third with 8 percent.
Ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was next with 3 percent.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley both had 2 percent.
Trump addressed the possible epic battle in the GOP primary against DeSantis saying on the conservative podcast “The Water Cooler” recently:
“I got him elected, pure and simple.
“And there was no reason to go wild about endorsing him.
“So, now I hear he might want to run against me.
“So, we’ll handle that the way I handle things.”
TRUMP ON DESANTIS: “I got him elected — pure and simple. […] There was no reason to go wild about endorsing him. So, you know, now I hear he might want to run against me. So, we’ll handle that the way I handle things.” pic.twitter.com/niHGu3qjjZ
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 18, 2023
According to The Hill:
Pollsters found Trump’s favorability rating among potential Republican primary voters to be improving over the past month, with 77 percent having a favorable view of him.
Trump’s net favorability rating, taken from subtracting the percentage who view him unfavorably from the percentage who view him favorably, passed 50 percent in the Morning Consult polling for the first time in almost a month.
Almost 7 in 10 potential voters have a favorable view of DeSantis.
DeSantis has an advantage among potential voters who view each of them unfavorably.
Only 11 percent said they view DeSantis unfavorably, while 23 percent said they view Trump unfavorably.
The poll did show that DeSantis would perform somewhat better against President Biden in a hypothetical general election match-up than Trump would.
DeSantis led Biden by 3 points, 44 percent to 41 percent, while Biden led Trump by 3 points, 43 percent to 40 percent.
2024 National Republican Primary:
T. Scott 1%
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) January 17, 2023
WATCH: DeSantis says Biden was a “security risk” for having classified documents behind corvette, defends Trump
“He said that it was incredibly reckless to have classified – he said all this stuff […] You can’t have two different sets of rules based on your political party” pic.twitter.com/KGL0izXOaz
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) January 18, 2023