WSJ Poll: Ron DeSantis Leads Donald Trump by 14 Points in Potential Primary Matchup
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) holds a 14 points lead over former President Donald Trump in a potential 2024 GOP primary matchup, a Wednesday Wall Street Journal/Impact Research and Fabrizio, Lee & Associates poll revealed.
DeSantis lead Trump 52 to 38 percent among likely GOP primary voters.
Among those who say they are very conservative, Trump held a 16 point lead over DeSantis (54-38 percent), while more moderate conservatives backed DeSantis over Trump by 30 points (59-29 percent). More moderate Republicans are less likely to hold sway over the primary season.
The poll also revealed DeSantis is viewed more favorably than Trump. Among Republicans, DeSantis held a 86 percent approval rating, while Trump held a 74 percent approval rating.
Perhaps one of DeSantis’s greatest challenges is recognition. The poll found “one in 10 likely GOP primary voters said they didn’t know enough about Mr. DeSantis to venture an opinion of him.”
Pro-Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio, who helped conduct the survey, told the Journal DeSantis and Trump are likely to have a competitive GOP primary. “It is going to be a competitive primary,” he said. “The two favorites right now would be Trump and DeSantis.”
The poll sampled 1,500 registered voters from December 3-7 with a 2.5 point margin of error. The polling margin of error among only Republican voters was 6 points.
According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll from Tuesday, more than 60 percent of conservative respondents indicated they would support a nominee who would advocate for Trump’s America First policies but wanted a different person to be the standard-bearer.
The USA Today poll also found DeSantis lead Trump 56 to 33 percent or by 23 points.