Iowa favors DeSantis over Trump: Florida Governor gets 20 point BOOST with voters in crucial primary state – while support for former president drops by 26 points
- A new poll exhibits the continued decline of Trump’s influence over the GOP
- In a 32-30 split, Iowa Republicans claim they would favor Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a primary over the former president
- The first presidential primary contest state voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020
- Trump was beating DeSantis 56-12 in the same poll taken November 2021
Republicans in Iowa say they are now more likely to vote for Ron DeSantis than Donald Trump in a 2024 presidential primary, according to a poll released Monday that shows the former president’s grip on the GOP is slipping.
From November 2021 to November this year, DeSantis gained 20 points of favor with Republicans in Iowa for a potential White House run – while in the same time period Trump lost 26 percent support in this demographic.
Iowa is the first state in the nation to hold a presidential primary contest every year – and in the last two presidential elections the state has voted for Trump in the general.
A lot of politicians feel a candidates’ fate can be sealed for a major party nomination by how well they do in the midwestern state.
A new poll from Neighborhood Research and Media shows that 32 percent of Iowa Republicans would prefer Florida Governor DeSantis to win a primary versus 30 percent who say they would vote for Trump.
A new poll exhibits the continued decline of Donald Trump’s influence over the GOP with more Iowa Republican voters claiming they would favor Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a primary over the former president
The poll shows Trump slipped by a whopping 26 percent from the same survey conducted last November. Pictured: The former president announced last week another bid for the White House in 2024
The poll was taken the day before, the day of and in the few days following former President Trump announcing his bid for another White House term in 2024.
The same survey from June this year showed that GOP voters in Iowa were much more favorable toward Trump’s nomination than DeSantis’ with a 38 percent to 17 percent split.
A full year ago when the same poll was conducted, Trump had a massive 56 percent to 12 percent lead over DeSantis.
Trump has fallen in popularity among Republicans, while DeSantis’ national presence and favorability has increased – especially in the fallout from Hurricane Ian and his reelection earlier this month.
While several polls in the last year showed Trump still as the headlining Republican candidate for 2024, more recent polling shows that DeSantis is emerging as the frontrunner.
Other potential candidates have also increased rhetoric about a run after shying away from floating a challenge against the former president due to his presumed remaining stronghold on GOP voters that has been swiftly slipping this fall.
The latest poll was taken November 14-18 among nearly 400 likely Iowa caucus attendees. The gap between Trump and DeSantis, however, falls within the margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
DeSantis’ national popularity has been on the rise as he continues to climb toward being the overall GOP favorite for the 2024 presidential primary election
DeSantis won his 2022 reelection race earlier this month with a commanding 19.4 percent victory over Republican-turned-Democratic challenger and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Approximately 1.5 million more people voted for DeSantis over Crist on November 8 in the Sunshine State.
Trump, whose permanent residence is now in Florida on his Mar-a-Lago resort, said that he voted for DeSantis in the midterms, but has also turned to insulting the potential future challenger in true Trump style.
At a rally just ahead of the midterms, Trump called the governor Ron ‘DeSanctimonious’.
Some are crediting Trump’s slip to the disappointing 2022 midterms elections where Republicans presumed ‘red tsunami’ came across as more of a red puddle. The fate of the Senate is up in the air, but Republicans for sure will have a majority in 2023, but by a much slimmer margin than previously predicted.
Democrats lost 9 House seats in the midterms while Republicans gained 7 seats. Some races are still being contested and a final split might not be known until later in December.