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 May 9, 2023

Another poll finds Donald Trump viewed more favorably by Republicans than Ron DeSantis

A new poll has revealed that former President Donald Trump is regarded more favorably by Republicans than Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, Breitbart reported. DeSantis has not announced his intention to run but is widely considered Trump's closest contender.

On Tuesday, the Morning Consult released results from a poll taken the last week of April that could be a game-changer for Republicans. In it, 57% of GOP voters chose Trump compared to 22% who would vote for DeSantis.

Moreover, 79% of potential primary voters view Trump favorably, with only 20% reporting an unfavorable opinion. DeSantis is not far behind with a 73% favorable opinion, which is a positive sign for his chances in the primary.

The governor is viewed unfavorably by 13%, with another 6% claiming to have never heard of him. Another 8% reportedly have heard of DeSantis but have no opinion, a fact which could present an opportunity for the governor to make a name for himself in a way Trump can't.

This poll comes as DeSantis makes hints and subtle moves toward a presidential run without actually pulling the trigger. Still, he is the closest in the polls to Trump, even without an official announcement or campaign launch.

Behind these two powerhouse candidates is Vice President Mike Pence, with 58% of potential GOP primary voters viewing him favorably. His unfavorability is quite high at 30%, but that unpopularity is eclipsed by former Rep. Liz Cheney, who was viewed unfavorably by 52% of respondents.

Cheney provides a cautionary tale as she essentially blew up her political career after she sided with Democrats on Trump's impeachment. In August, she was bumped out of reelection after losing by 37 points to her opponent in the GOP primary in Wyoming, Fox News reported.

Perhaps this is proof she made the worst political misstep of all time by going after the former president. Cheney railed against Trump and eventually joined Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee while also lambasting him and her own constituents.

After her stunning primary loss, Cheney blamed Trump and excoriated Republican Party voters. "It says that clearly, [Trump's] hold is very strong among some portions of the Republican Party," she said in a postmortem interview.

"My state of Wyoming is not necessarily a representative sample of the party," Cheney added. "I think it also tells you that large portions of our party, including the leadership of our party, is very sick," she claimed.

Rather than learning from her loss, Cheney criticized the people who stuck with Trump through the Democrats' onslaught. "I think it says a couple of things," she said about his continued popularity.

"I think it says people continue to believe the lie," Cheney went on. "They continue to believe what he's saying, which is dangerous."

To DeSantis's credit, he mostly has refrained from striking back at Trump, perhaps learning from Cheney's mistakes. However, one Republican strategist believes DeSantis will eventually have to strike back as he's "taking punches right now, and that needs to change," The Hill reported.

It's difficult to choose between Trump and DeSantis, especially at this early stage in the game. However, either man would be better for the job than the rest of the pack, especially potential candidates who side with Democrats.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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