Ron DeSantis would BEAT Biden if presidential election was held today, poll claims, after earlier survey of GOP voters also predicted he’d beat Trump in a primary contest
- WPA Intelligence surveyed 1,035 likely voters from January 2-8 for their latest poll on political leanings
- They found that in a race between Joe Biden and Ron DeSantis, Biden would lose to the Florida governor with 45 percent choosing DeSantis and 42 percent Biden
- Biden would beat Trump, however, with 49 percent opting for the Democrat and only 40 percent favoring his Republican predecessor
- A separate Suffolk University poll last month surveyed 1,000 likely voters, and found that DeSantis would beat Trump in a Republican primary
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Ron DeSantis would defeat Joe Biden if the presidential election was held today, according to a new poll.
The Florida governor is yet to declare his candidacy for the 2024 election, but following a triumphant performance in the midterms he is widely believed to be preparing for a White House campaign.
His fellow Floridian, Donald Trump, has already declared his intention to run again for the presidency.
But a poll last month showed DeSantis, 44, defeating Trump, 76, in a Republican primary.
Ron DeSantis would defeat Joe Biden if the presidential election was held today, according to a new poll
Biden handily defeated Trump, however: were the election held today, 49 percent would chose Biden, and only 41 percent Trump. The only point of concern for DeSantis’s team is recognition.
While photos of Trump and Biden were correctly identified by almost all respondents, over a third – 36 percent – could not name DeSantis, when shown his picture.
Last month’s poll, from Suffolk University, saw 56 percent of voters backing DeSantis in a Republican primary, versus 33 percent for Trump.
The pollsters spoke to 1,000 people in December.
In further good news for DeSantis’s team, a WPA Intelligence survey showed DeSantis winning the support of 45 percent of likely voters, while Biden won 42
DeSantis is helped by both his youth and by being a fresh face on the national political scene.
He is widely seen as embodying many of the right wing policies that made Trump so popular, but without the president’s erratic and divisive behavior that alienated independent voters, as well as small-c conservatives.
Both Biden and Trump are now being investigated by special counsels for their handling of classified material, and Trump, who had more than 300 documents stashed at Mar-a-Lago and held onto them for months, could face charges.
DeSantis, by contrast, has won praise for his November campaign for re-election as governor, which saw him win over voters even in Democrat strongholds such as Miami.
He is thought likely to announce his candidacy this spring.
Trump announced his plans to run again in 2024 shortly after last November’s mid-terms
Biden, meanwhile, is said by aides to be very seriously considering a shot at a second term – despite him being, at 80, the oldest person to ever inhabit the White House. Trump is the second oldest person ever inaugurated as president.
Trump announced his plans to run again in 2024 shortly after last November’s mid-terms.
He did so in the anticipation of great result for the MAGA candidates he backed in mid-term races.
But most of them – including Arizona gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake and US Senate candidates Dr Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker lost to their Democrat rivals.
That has sparked speculation that Trump may be losing his touch among Republicans.
Still, his continued hold over many other GOP members is seen as the key reason why no-one has dared announce their own campaign for the Republican nomination.
Among those expected to fight for it are DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
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