Harvard poll: Ron DeSantis among the most favorable politicians in America

by | Jul 5, 2022

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds one of the highest favorability ratings in the nation, according to a new Harvard poll
  • Should former PResident Donald Trump elect not to run in 2024, DeSantis is the party’s clear second choice
  • A recent interview indicated that Trump would entertain the notion of DeSantis as a running mate
  • DeSantis still has yet to make a public decision regarding the 2024 election

A new poll published by the Center for American Politics at Harvard University indicates that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is among the most positively-viewed lawmakers in the country, topping a series of fellow GOP party mates in terms of net ratings.

The poll asked respondents their level of favorability and unfavorability for various lawmakers across the nation. Unsurprisingly, former President Donald Trump tops all individuals with a 42 percents net favorability rating. DeSantis trails closely behind at 34 percent total favorability but stands as the politician with the highest net total, with just 27 percent of respondents of participants viewing the governor in a negative light.

Compared to Trump, who has a net rating of negative 12 percent, and Texas Representative Ted Cruz, DeSantis stands to be a winner of the poll, with a 7 percent net favorability rating, boding well for his national stakes ahead of the 2022 midterms.

When asked who polling respondents would vote for should the 2024 GOP primary occur today, respondents overwhelming chose Trump, but made clear that DeSantis is the party’s second choice. Given a second question positing that Trump elects not to run in 2024, DeSantis was a runaway favorite, receiving 36 percent of the vote and doubling second-place Mike Pence.

In a recent interview with Newsmax, Trump stated that he is not ruling out the possibility of a Trump-DeSantis ticket for a 2024 Presidential run.

When asked during the interview, Trump claimed a strong relationship with DeSantis and could be open to the idea of a joint ticket between the two men seen as favorites to win the White House.

“Could you envision a world, sir, where there is a Trump-DeSantis ticket in 2024,” asked reporter Rob Finnerty.

“Well, I get along with him,” Trump replied. “I was very responsible for his success because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship.”

Trump in 2018 extended an endorsement to then-gubernatorial candidate DeSantis in his race against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Trump’s nod of approval helped DeSantis shoot up poll rankings and ultimately scrape by Gillum, winning the governorship by fewer than 30,000 votes.

With potential presidential goals of his own, DeSantis may see Trump as a primary opponent rather than a possible running mate. DeSantis has remained mum, repeatedly sidestepping when asked if a 2024 presidential run was on his radar.

“The interesting thing about me is people will always inject my name into it, just based off what I’m doing in Florida,” DeSantis told Fox News. “It’s a little bit different for me. I think there are obviously people that, the minute 2020 ended, have been basically running, and they’re going around doing all that stuff. That’s just not what I’ve been doing. I’ve just been focusing on the task at hand.”

While DeSantis has been elusive on his future in the political arena, Trump has chosen to brandish his sword as chatter inside conservative circles continues to swell about the popular governor being a younger, more refined candidate.


  1. Real_Urbz

    This should read “most favorable AMONG republicans”. This is clearly what the poll is but I suppose the headline and wording of this article was purposely designed to mislead and misdirect.

    • B. H. Salmon

      He is nothing more than a mini tRUMP.

    • Jim Puccio

      DeSantis is popular among people who are right wing conservative Republicans and the media has given him great name recognition without good cause. I doubt he will do as well once the Nation begins to know him for what he is. He certainly has not helped Florida.

  2. Deborah Coffey

    America will not survive the Republican LYING. Here’s part of the poll:
    By the numbers: Six in ten voters say they don’t want Trump to run again.

    One in three polled said he will divide America.
    36% said he’s erratic while 30% said Trump is responsible for the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
    Yes, but: The poll shows Trump is a clear favorite of GOP voters in a primary among other potential Republican nominees.

    Among Republicans polled, 56% said they would vote for Trump in a primary.
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the next most popular choice among GOP voters, with 16%.(GOT IT?) Former Vice President Mike Pence polled at 7%.

  3. GD

    That is only because they don’t know how much a real fascist DeSantis is. An anti free speech, racist, anti business , anti local government, anti anyone that doesn’t agree 100% with him and nasty revenge seeker not even repubs pols, leaders in Florida want as they know what he is, a power mad fascist.

    • Shannen

      Yea ok 👌🤣

    • Anonymous

      Dump Trump! and DeSantis too! He thinks he’s God and he’s not. He’s slick

  4. Tom

    America’s Gov is clearly the most popular Gov in country. People view him as the answer and solution.
    He USA profile in courage, whiz kid Gov. You extremist haters are liars and vile.

    DeSantis’s policies are the answer. His Covid efforts are the example, on the economy he’s the example, on education and keeping society functioning he is the example. Unlike blue state tyrants, or the fondler cuomo.

    Your collective extremism is deeply concerning.

  5. Tom

    “He is a profile in courage”, whiz kid.

    • B. H. Salmon

      He is a jerk!
      He certainly does not represent the women of this state or our country.
      His focus is on giving to the gun slingers

  6. Nitenurse

    That’s my governor and he is rockstar quality! Funny, all the libs coming to FL from the north bring their attitudes and audacity. Don’t NY my FL! In a world of Cuomos, be a DeSantis! 🏖

    • Shannen

      From a New Yorker I agree 💯!

  7. berri

    Desantis is a profile in Fascism.

    • B. H. Salmon

      I am fearful of his ideology.

  8. berri

    Desantis passed legislation that doesn’t allow Floridians to put referendums on the ballot anymore. That is a loving great Governor?????


    • Shannen

      “ Lee County voters will have an opportunity to decide whether the School District of Lee County superintendent position remains an appointed one or becomes an elected one.
      Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill (HB 497) on Tuesday which will now put it on the ballot in a referendum in the upcoming General Election on November, 8.”

      Please site your source for this claim.

    • Shannen

      While I can’t find anything for Florida legislation regarding this 24 states do not allow the process for citizen initiated measures. 🤷‍♀️

  9. RichardMoller

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  10. B. H. Salmon

    PLEASE help us if DeSantos continues to use his facism to push forth his ideas.
    PROMISING? Promising to promote tRUMP ideology wherein opposition and criticism are suppressed. His management style is frightening.

  11. Alex

    I shudder to think what America would be like in a DeSantis administration. Endless culture war legislation, cruelty, nasty quips and nothing that actually helps the common folk. He’s a divider, so if you want a civil war he’s your guy.

  12. Anonymous

    Can someone find a link to the actual Harvard poll?

  13. Jennifer Murphy

    I can, if you need.

  14. arthurkunzee

    It is cool

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