Ron DeSantis gains 2% in national poll after official launch of presidential campaign, now Trump 56% - DeSantis 22%: Morning Consult

The poll revealed that DeSantis has 22 percent of the GOP voters’ support, while former President Donald Trump has 56 percent.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

New polling out from Morning Consult has revealed that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has experienced a mere 2 percent bump in support among GOP voters since his presidential campaign launched, though that bump is within the poll’s 4% margin of error.

The poll, released on Wednesday, revealed that DeSantis has 22 percent of the GOP voters’ support, while former President Donald Trump has 56 percent.

The day that DeSantis kicked off his presidential campaign with a Twitter Space, May 24, he had 21 percent of the support. The day after, he had dipped down to 20 percent. On May 27, DeSantis regained one percent of the support, and rose to 22 percent of GOP voters’ support on the May 28.

The poll was conducted between May 26-28 of 3,485 potential Republican primary voters, and has a margin of error of 4 percent.

The Morning Consult noted that Trump’s lead against DeSantis has shrunk by 10 points since mid-May, but "much of that dip came before DeSantis officially began his bid."

The rest of the field of Republican candidates, whether announced or rumored, have single-digit support each, with former Vice President Mike Pence receiving 5 percent, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley receiving 4 percent as well as entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott receiving 3 percent support, former Representative Liz Cheney receiving 2 percent, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, former Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, and the option of "someone else" receiving 1 percent support.

Voters were asked what their second choice would be for the Republican nomination, with 47 percent of Trump voters saying that they would vote for DeSantis, and 51 percent of DeSantis voters saying they would vote for Trump.

In a hypothetical rematch between Biden and Trump, the two candidates were tied at 43 percent, with 10 percent saying they’d vote for someone else, and 5 percent remaining undecided.

In a hypothetical match between Biden and DeSantis, Biden would win at 43 percent, while DeSantis received 40 percent of the vote. 9 percent said they would vote for someone else, while 7 percent were undecided.

Responses to the hypothetical matchup question were gathered from a nationally representative sample of more than 5,000 registered voters.

The poll also found that Trump is most favored among all Republican candidates by GOP voters, at 79 percent. 71 percent had a favorable view of DeSantis, 57 percent had a favorable view of Pence, and 49 percent found Nikki Haley favorable.

Down the field further, those with less favorable ratings had a higher number of respondents saying they "never heard of them," with Hutchinson having the largest share of this response at 46 percent. Pence also had the highest rate of unfavorable responses, at 33 percent.

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