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Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla.
Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., on Nov. 3, 2018. Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images file

Republican voters favor DeSantis over Trump in new poll

A Marquette University Law School survey finds GOP voters slightly prefer Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over former President Trump.


In a hypothetical presidential matchup, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis would garner more support against President Joe Biden than former President Donald Trump would, a new poll from Marquette University finds.

Forty-five percent of registered voters preferred DeSantis, versus 38% of registered voters who preferred Biden in a hypothetical matchup between the two.

In a hypothetical contest between Biden and Trump, the two were even, each gaining 40% of registered voters' preference.

Just among Republican voters and independents who lean Republican, DeSantis had a slightly higher favorability rating. Seventy-one percent of those voters said they have a favorable view of DeSantis, while 70% said they had a favorable view of Trump.

Among that same group of voters, ten percent said they had an unfavorable view of DeSantis while 28% had an unfavorable view of Trump.

Republican voters and Republican-leaning independent voters also preferred DeSantis as the eventual Republican presidential nominee over Trump by 28 percentage points, as 64% of this group of voters preferred DeSantis as the nominee, compared to 36% who said they preferred Trump to be the nominee.

Among Democratic registered voters and independent voters who lean Democrat, Biden had the highest favorability rating, with 83% of those voters viewing him favorably and just 16% of them viewing him unfavorably.

The figure with the next-highest favorability rating among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent. Seventy-five percent of voters in this group view him favorably, while 14% view him unfavorably.

Looking ahead to 2024, Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents were almost split on whether Biden should run for president in 2024. Forty-nine percent of this group said they would like to see Biden run again, while 51% said they did not.

This poll was conducted from Jan. 9 through Jan. 20 and included 1,000 adults, 876 of whom were registered voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points among all adults and +/- 4 percentage points among registered voters.