American Greatness Poll: Trump Leads DeSantis in Florida GOP Primary

American Greatness is launching a polling project in the early presidential primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. The polls will be released at a rate of one per week. This week’s poll is was conducted in Florida with a focus on the Donald Trump/Ron DeSantis dynamic.

Former President Donald Trump leads rival Ron DeSantis in the latter’s state of Florida by eight points, an exclusive poll reveals. Forty-two percent say they’ll back Trump compared to 34 percent who support DeSantis.  Among voters favorable to both Trump and DeSantis, Trump’s lead stretches to a 19 points and the most enthusiastic voters prefer Trump by 10 points.

Trump also dominates DeSantis on the policy front with 28 percent saying Trump is the better candidate to improve the economy and 6 percent preferring Trump to fight the culture war.

A plurality of the Florida respondents are most concerned with progressive politicians in Washington, D.C. Additional concerns include the border, election security, taxes and the cost of living.

Other declared candidates register support at two percent or less and 16 percent of those polled said they were undecided or had another unnamed candidate in mind.

On the national level, a recent poll by Washington Post/ABC News found President Biden trailing Trump by six points. Forty-four percent said they’d vote for Trump while just 38 percent said they’d vote for the current Oval Office occupant.

After recently announcing his bid for reelection, Biden has watched his approval ratings sink to their lowest yet—a dismal 36 percent. Fifty-six percent disapprove of his job performance (including 47 percent disapproving strongly). Just over 60 percent said Biden lacked the mental acuity for the demands of his office. Over half of voters—54 percent to 36 percent—said Trump handled the economy better than Biden.

Other polls suggest almost half of Democrats do not want Biden to run for another four years in office, with most citing Biden’s advanced age as their reason.

The poll from National Research Inc. and commissioned by American Greatness surveyed 500 likely Republican primary voters in the state of Florida using live telephone interviews (landline and cell) and text-to-online. The survey was conducted on May 8-9. The margin of error is +/- four percentage points.

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Christopher Gage is a British political journalist and a founding member of the Gentlemen of the Swig. Subscribe to his Substack, "Oxford Sour."

Photo: THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 03: President Donald Trump speaks with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during an event at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center on October 03, 2019 in The Villages, Florida. President Trump spoke at the event about Medicare, and signed an executive order calling for further privatizing of it. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)