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DeSantis leads Trump overall, only edges Republicans: Nevada poll

A new poll asking Nevada voters to rate high-profile politicians has found Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is generally favored over former President Donald Trump.

The survey, conducted by the University of Nevada-Reno, asked voters to rate politicians such as Trump, DeSantis, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on a scale of zero to 100, a number higher reflecting a more favorable opinion.

Overall, DeSantis received a score of 48, compared to Trump’s 42. However, the Florida governor trailed Trump when it came to Republican voters alone, scoring 69, compared to Trump’s 73.

By comparison, Biden received a score of 44 among all voters, while Harris beat him by a single point with 45. The poll was conducted in late May using two different samples of more than 1,000 Nevada residents. across the political spectrum. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

A new poll from Nevada has found that Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is generally more popular than former President Donald Trump. Here DeSantis speaks with Trump during a campaign rally on November 3, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida.
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The latest survey comes amid speculation DeSantis will attempt a 2024 presidential bid against Trump, should the latter run. Several polls in recent months have shown a hypothetical race between GOP numbers would likely result in a tough showdown, while others have found voters would prefer DeSantis to be the Republican Party frontrunner if Trump chooses not to. not show up. a second term.

The governor of Florida has gained national notoriety over the past year with policies that appeal to many conservatives, including banning abortion after 15 weeks, banning teaching critical theory of race and repression of LGBTQ language in schools.

DeSantis’ policies and behavior tend to lure Trump voters already, and that may be enough to sway those left on the GOP fence, political analysts say.

“He’s Trump without the rude behavior and name-calling, name-calling, and bullying — the very reasons Trump lost suburban women in 2018 and significant numbers of college-educated suburban men in 2020,” Jim Dornan, a veteran on who worked on Trump’s campaign committee in 2015, said Newsweek last month. “On the Republican Party circuit, whether in DC or in the suburbs, DeSantis is the first name that comes up when people start talking about 2024.”

Neither Trump nor DeSantis have publicly confirmed their intention to run in 2024. However, Trump has expressed annoyance that DeSantis has not ruled out the possibility of running against him, and the two have reportedly fought for the past few months.


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