Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Sees Decline in Support Among GOP Presidential Primary Voters: Can He Reclaim His Position as a Top Contender?

Recent national polls indicate that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has seen a decrease in support from Republican Primary voters for the upcoming presidential election.[0] The percentage of potential Republican voters currently supporting him has decreased to 10.4% from his previous numbers.[0] According to the poll, DeSantis is now trailing behind both Donald Trump and Vivek Ramaswamy in terms of support among GOP voters.[0]

One potential reason for DeSantis’ decline in support is the perception of him among the party base. In a primary election, candidates strive to distinguish themselves, thus voters might perceive him as too closely associated with former President Donald Trump, potentially putting him at a disadvantage.[0] In addition, the growing popularity of biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and other candidates in recent polls might be causing a shift in support away from DeSantis.[0]

DeSantis’ decline in popularity is especially noticeable in Iowa, as his polling numbers have experienced a substantial decrease.[0] According to a recent Iowa poll, DeSantis garnered only 20% of support from GOP voters, while Trump secured 33%.[0] His current numbers in the state show a notable change, suggesting that his campaign might have to modify its strategy in order to regain support in key primary states such as Iowa.[0]

Controversial decisions or actions taken by DeSantis could also be contributing to his declining support. His handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including his decision to ban vaccine mandates and mask mandates in schools, has been criticized by some.[0] Democrats and civil rights groups have expressed criticism over his signing of a controversial voting rights bill.[0] DeSantis’ approach may have caused a division among GOP voters who do not agree with these actions.[0]

For a long time, DeSantis was considered the Republican Party’s strongest contender to surpass former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election.[1] In recent weeks, there has been a decline in support for DeSantis. Some have criticized the governor for his management of Florida’s insurance crisis, suggesting that DeSantis should prioritize developing a robust economic plan rather than engaging in culture wars.[1]

It is important for DeSantis to regain his footing among Republican voters if he hopes to secure the nomination.[0] His decline in support highlights the need for him to address the concerns and criticisms that have been raised. Whether it be distancing himself from Trump or focusing more on policy and economic plans, DeSantis must find a way to reconnect with GOP voters and regain their trust.

The upcoming months will be crucial for DeSantis as he navigates the primary race.[2] How he responds to these challenges and adjusts his campaign strategy will determine whether he can regain his position as a top contender for the Republican nomination. Only time will tell if DeSantis can reverse the decline in support and emerge as a strong competitor in the 2024 election.

0. “DeSantis’ Iowa woes: Is the governor losing touch with the heartland? | Dr. Adam Tabriz” NewsBreak Original, 10 Aug. 2023, https://original.newsbreak.com/@dr-adam-tabriz-1587406/3118380365949-desantis-iowa-woes-is-the-governor-losing-touch-with-the-heartland

1. “Ron DeSantis Gets ‘Brutal’ Bad News From GOP Strategist” Newsweek, 13 Aug. 2023, https://www.newsweek.com/ron-desantis-gets-brutal-bad-news-gop-strategist-1819394

2. “Campaign Diaries: Ron DeSantis (Early August)” Elections Daily, 11 Aug. 2023, https://elections-daily.com/2023/08/11/campaign-diaries-ron-desantis-early-august

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