- Trump shared a poll on Truth Social that showed him soundly beating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
- However, several other polls show DeSantis beating Trump to earn the GOP presidential nomination.
- Neither man has declared an intention to run, although Trump has hinted at entering the race.
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday shared an image of a poll that appeared to show him soundly defeating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a race for the GOP presidential nomination.
On his Truth Social app, Trump posted a screenshot of a tweet reporting on the results of a poll conducted by an organization called Zogby Analytics. On its website, the firm claims to have “extensively polled four Presidential election cycles and many off-year state and local elections.”
The poll, which claimed to have surveyed 408 Republicans, asked people who they would vote for if the Republican primary for President were held now.
The results of the poll showed Trump taking 53.9% of the vote share, in comparison to Desantis’ 11.5%.
While the Zogby poll might put Trump ahead of DeSantis, other polls have not nearly been as favorable to Trump.
A straw poll earlier this month showed conservatives backing DeSantis over Trump when asked to pick who they’d most like to see as their 2024 presidential nominee. Meanwhile, a poll released on Thursday out of New Hampshire showed that support for DeSantis had swelled since last fall and put DeSantis ahead of Trump in the state.
Trump also made a number of comments about DeSantis this week, including claiming credit for the latter getting elected as Florida’s governor. The former president also said the believed he would defeat DeSantis in a head-to-head fight over the GOP’s presidential nomination.
On Thursday, Frank Luntz, a top GOP pollster, claimed that DeSantis is a growing threat to Trump. “Make no mistake, Donald Trump is the most popular political figure within the Republican Party, but there is now a specific challenger,” Luntz said.
Neither Trump nor DeSantis has declared an intention to run for president in 2024, despite being hot favorites in the race. In October, DeSantis said he wouldn’t consider a presidential run because he’s busy “trying to make sure people are not supporting critical race theory.”