(FreedomBeacon.com)- What is causing the major dip in Ron DeSantis’s poll numbers?
The newest Morning Consult poll, published on Tuesday, reveals that just 26% of likely Republican primary voters in Florida favor Ron DeSantis, his lowest level of support since monitoring started in December.
That contrasts the 54% who voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
The stats come out just as Trump waits to see whether he will be indicted on charges stemming from a hush-money plot involving adult film actress Stormy Daniels that occurred in 2016.
Morning Consult surveyed 3,394 likely Republican primary voters between March 17-19 with an unweighted error margin of +/- 2 percentage points. Yet, the data states that President Joseph Biden would beat Trump by three points in a head-to-head contest and DeSantis by two. It seems highly unlikely that Republican voters favor Biden over any Republican, let alone Trump and DeSantis.
Trump’s announced opponents for the GOP candidacy, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and Dr. Vivek Ramaswamy have very low support among party voters.
During a week in which Mike Pence’s denunciation of Trump’s actions in the aftermath of the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was prominently highlighted in the news, the former vice president’s favorability rating dropped from 60% to 55%. Pence is now polling at 7% in the nomination campaign, and the number of prospective Republican primary voters who stated they had recently heard anything bad about him increased from 15% to 24%.
Although 43% of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ supporters see Trump as their second choice, 46% of Trump’s supporters see DeSantis as their second choice.
Six percent of Trump supporters and fifteen percent of DeSantis backers choose Haley as their second option. One-seventh of Trump voters and one-sixteenth of DeSantis voters say Pence would be their second choice if they had to choose.
Trump’s supporters are far more likely to be undecided about their second-choice candidate (17%) than DeSantis’ supporters (5%).