Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy get top marks – and Christie loses a lot of Burgum: Republican viewers tell DailyMail.com how they rated the candidates out of 10 on an evening dominated by bickering and the absence of Trump
- Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earned top marks for their performances in Wednesday night’s debate.
- The poll of 546 Republicans was conducted exclusively for DailyMail.com
- At the back of the pack was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, with a 4.6 rating, who was also voted “most boring.”
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earned top marks for their performances in Wednesday night’s debate, according to a poll conducted exclusively for DailyMail.com.
A sample of 546 Republicans watching the second GOP primary debate in Simi Valley, Calif., was asked to rate the candidates’ performances from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most convincing.
With a rating of 6.9, Ramaswamy had the highest rating, followed by DeSantis with a rating of 6.5. Following them were South Carolinians – former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, with a 5.6 rating, and Sen. Tim Scott, with a 5.5 rating.
At the back of the pack was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, with a 4.6 rating, who was also voted “most boring.”
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who is still relatively new to the national political scene, did slightly better than Christie, with a rating of 4.8, and former Vice President Mike Pence, with a rating of 5.2.
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (left) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) earned top marks for their performances in Wednesday night’s debate, according to a poll conducted exclusively for DailyMail.com.
With a rating of 6.9, Ramaswamy had the highest rating, followed by DeSantis with a rating of 6.5. Following them were South Carolinians – former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley with a 5.6 rating and Sen. Tim Scott scoring a 5.5.
Ramaswamy received the highest percentage of Republicans who agreed he won the debate, while Christie received the highest percentage of respondents who believed he lost.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said the 38-year-old political novice was the winner, and 24 percent said that about DeSantis, who has been stuck in second place behind former President Donald Trump for months .
After that, 11 percent said Pence won the debate, 7 percent each said Haley and Scott, 6 percent said Christie and just 3 percent said Burgum.
Burgum is considered by Republicans to be the weakest – with 25 percent of respondents saying so – and the most boring – with 24 percent of respondents agreeing.
Ramaswamy and Christie tied for the title of most aggressive competitor of the evening – earning 15 percent each – with respondents clearly preferring Ramaswamy’s style because the majority also voted him as the strongest (24 percent), the most well spoken (33 percent). ) and the most convincing (23 percent).
Meanwhile, 20 percent – the highest number – voted Christie as the most boring.
Ramaswamy was also tied with DeSantis when Republicans were asked who was the most presidential candidate on stage. Ramaswamy and DeSantis won 19 percent each.
DeSantis also received the superlative for most competent, with 26 percent of respondents choosing him.
Republicans chose the only woman on stage, Haley, as “most charming,” with 11 percent agreeing.
Overall, the highest percentage of Republicans, 27 percent, agree that the real winner was Trump — who skipped the debate to campaign outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Pollster James Johnson, co-founder of the JLP, noted that the Republicans surveyed remain a “Trump-dominated electorate” and that without the ex-president on stage, “Trump-leaning voters favored Vivek in the absence of their man.”
“Ron DeSantis can claim a victory of sorts, having emerged as the most presidential and the most competent, but he also did not shine as he wanted,” Johnson argued. “DeSantis got away with it – but nothing more.”
Johnson said he thought the race “looks unchanged.”
“Haley and Scott did well but didn’t dominate the conversation,” he said. “Christie and Burgum were the definitive losers, seen by Republicans as dull and dull, respectively.”