Support for Ron DeSantis ‘collapses’ after GOP debate, poll finds

Support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign “collapsed” after the first Republican presidential debate, according to a new poll.

The poll, published Saturday in the Wall Street Journal, showed former President Trump’s lead over his main rival was 46 points, nearly double the gap in the Journal’s last poll in April.

In a survey of 600 Republican primary voters, 59% said Trump would be their first choice, followed by 13% in favor of DeSantis.

That’s less than the 24% the Florida governor previously registered, when he was seen as edging closer to Trump.

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley came in third with 8%.

“DeSantis collapsed,” said Democratic pollster Mark Bocian, who conducted the poll with Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio. “The one candidate who in April really seemed like a potential contender, seemed to have a narrative to tell, completely collapsed and those votes went to Trump.”

Surveyed Republicans felt Ron DeSantis’ performance was lacking in the recent debate.Getty Images
Four other candidates garnered less than 1% support, according to the poll.59% of surveyed Republicans said Trump would be their first choice, followed by just 13% for Ron DeSantis. wsj

Opinions also seemed to harden.

In April, 13% of Republican primary voters said they were undecided. That figure dropped to just 4% in the latest Journal poll.

In more worrying news for DeSantis, 76% of Trump supporters said they were firmly in his camp and would not change their minds.

Only 25% of DeSantis supporters said the same about him.

While questions have been raised about whether Trump’s 91 state and federal offices would hurt his chances with voters, the poll suggests they have only served to solidify his support among the faithful.

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76% of Trump supporters surveyed said they were firmly on his side and would not change their minds. fake images
The Wall Street Journal conducted a poll on the performance of the candidates after the Republican debate.Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the most unpopular candidate, poll finds.WSJ

More than 60% of primary voters said every impeachment Trump faced was “politically motivated and without merit,” while 48% of respondents said they would be more likely to support Trump because of his legal problems.

As for the general election, the poll surveyed 1,500 registered voters and found Trump and President Biden running in a virtual tie, with Trump getting 40% of the vote to Biden’s 39%.

About 17% of voters declared themselves undecided.

The poll showed that Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy exceeded expectations in the Republican debate, while former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who has been highly critical of Trump, was the most unpopular candidate, with 73% of Republican voters. with a negative opinion. of the.

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