Former President Donald Trump took a swipe at Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday night, giving his a nickname, referring to DeSantis as "Ron DeSanctimonious".

New Poll Shows Trump Ahead Of DeSantis By 23 Percent As Polling Seesaw Continues

Former President Donald Trump leads by double-digits in the 2024 Republican primary, according to a new poll from Harvard-Harris.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Former President Donald J. Trump

Former President Donald Trump leads by double-digits over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican primary, according to a new poll from Harvard-Harris.

The most recent Harvard-Harris poll shows President Trump with 48 percent support. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trails at 25 percent, and Mike Pence is in third with 6 percent.

This is the third poll this month showing Trump with a large lead. 

Harvard-Harris (conducted December 14-December 15)

  • Donald Trump — 48 percent
  • Ron DeSantis — 25 percent
  • Mike Pence — 6 percent
  • Nikki Haley — 4 percent
  • Ted Cruz — 2 percent
  • Mike Pompeo — 2 percent
  • Tim Scott — 1 percent

Morning Consult (December 9-December 11)

  • Donald Trump — 49 percent
  • Ron DeSantis — 31 percent
  • Mike Pence — 8 percent
  • Nikki Haley — 2 percent
  • Liz Cheney — 2 percent
  • Ted Cruz — 2 percent
  • Greg Abbott — 1 percent
  • Kristi Noem — 1 percent
  • Mike Pompeo — 1 percent
  • Glenn Youngkin — 1 percent

Marist (conducted December 6-December 8)

  • Donald Trump — 45 percent
  • Ron DeSantis — 33 percent
  • Someone else — 11 percent
  • Mike Pence — 8 percent

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In an earlier poll this week from The Wall Street Journal, Florida Governor DeSantis held a commanding lead.

If the election were held on Wednesday, 52% of likely Republican voters said they would support DeSantis, and only 38% said they would support Trump, according to The Wall Street Journal poll.

Similarly, 86% reported having a favorable view of DeSantis, while only 74% said they have a favorable view of Trump.

Among all 1,500 respondents, 43% viewed DeSantis favorably, and 36% viewed Trump favorably, according to the poll. Trump received the lowest favorability rating recorded by the Wall Street Journal since favorability polling began in November 2021, according to the poll.

Another recent poll by USA Today showed that DeSantis has a large lead over Trump, as 56% of respondents chose DeSantis as their top Republican presidential nominee, compared to only 33% who chose Trump. DeSantis’s 23% lead is among the widest recorded differentials between the two candidates.

Trump’s overall Republican favorability fell from 85% in March to 74% now, and unfavorable views have risen from 13% to 23%, according to the poll.

DeSantis hasn’t launched an official campaign, but the two politicians have sparred over the last few months, with Trump mocking DeSantis by calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a November rally. DeSantis appeared to respond to Trump’s remarks while speaking to a reporter in November, saying that you take “incoming fire” when you are getting things done.

“One of the things I’ve learned in this job is when you’re leading, when you’re getting things done, yeah, you take in incoming fire,” DeSantis said. “That’s just the nature of it. I roll out of bed in the morning, I’ve got corporate media outlets that have a spasm just the fact that I’m getting up in the morning, and it’s constantly attacking, and this is just what’s happened.”


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