A new poll in Iowa shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ climbing popularity has made former President Donald Trump a “severe underdog” to carry the state in the 2024 presidential primary, conservative journalist Gregg Jarrett reported on Saturday.
Jarrett cited a poll released Monday by Neighborhood Research and Media.
While that lead is admittedly slim, it is a radical departure from where DeSantis was previously.
A year ago, Trump led the governor by 44 points in the same poll. As recently as June, Neighborhood Research and Media had him still ahead of DeSantis by 21 points.
As Jarrett reported, Neighborhood Research analyst Rich Shaftan noted, “with [Trump’s] support barely half what it was a year ago in a time when DeSantis’s vote has nearly tripled, Trump becomes a severe underdog in the race.”
The Iowa poll offers further evidence that many voters, including Republicans, are ready to move on from Trump, and that DeSantis is their choice to do that.
For example, as The Free Press recently reported, a survey by WPA Intelligence found DeSantis outpacing Trump in Iowa by a margin of 48 to 37.
Just this week, Quinnipiac University released a poll that found Americans generally by a 43-29 margin indicated that they prefer DeSantis as the GOP nominee over Trump.
Meanwhile, Republicans were evenly split, with each candidate getting 44 percent.
Last week, the Texas Tribune reported that a poll taken by the Republican Party in Texas found DeSantis with a 43-32 lead over Trump among GOPers in the Lone Star State.
Meanwhile, as The Free Press noted last week, that WPA poll found that DeSantis led Trump 56-30 in Florida, 55-35 in Georgia, and 52-37 in New Hampshire, while a separate poll by The Economist/YouGov had DeSantis as the choice nationally over Trump by 19 points among all voters and by seven points among Republicans.