A national poll conducted this week suggests that Gov. Ron DeSantis would have a tough climb if defy the president Joe biden in 2024.
The Emerson College A survey of 1,200 registered voters showed that 48% of those called would support Biden’s re-election, while only 36% would choose DeSantis.
Florida governor performed worse than former president Donald trump in a hypothetical one-on-one with Biden. Trump won this one, 47% to 46%, even though only 395 Republicans were polled against 450 Democrats.
However, DeSantis performed better than Mitt Romney, who got just 23% versus 42% for Biden.
DeSantis’ underperformance against the president, despite his “Trumpian” nature, comes even as Democrats polled seem less than happy with Biden.
Only 60% of Democratic respondents want Biden to run for reelection in 2024. 39% would prefer another candidate, although the data has not explored who those voters would prefer.
Happier news was to be found for DeSantis regarding pollsters’ best guess of what the Florida governor might do in the 2024 Republican primaries.
With Trump on the ground, DeSantis attracted just 10% support, 57 points behind the former president. However, if Trump did not show up, Republican respondents here prefer the Florida governor to the other options.
DeSantis’ 32% puts him above former vice president Mike pence at 24%, sen. Ted cruz at 13%, and the former Gouv. Nikki haley at 10%, the rest of the field being even further back.
The Emerson College survey was conducted from August 30 to September 1. According to the pollster, the data sets were weighted by “age, education, race, party affiliation and region based on the modeling of the 2020 turnout.”
While the governor is still well positioned as Trump’s replacement in 2024, some caveats abound, including polls showing his style of governance is wearing out Floridians.
A recent Quinnipiac survey suggests that 59% of Floridians don’t want DeSantis running for president, while 35% support the concept.
Even not all Republicans want to see it. While 67% are open to a DeSantis president, 24% are not; 61% of independents are opposed to the idea, suggesting that basic governor’s games could come at a cost.