WHAT  Poll SAYS Conducted by Florida Atlantic University

In a highly anticipated poll conducted by FAU, Donald Trump has emerged with a commanding lead over Ron DeSantis in the 2024 GOP primary.  The results have sent shockwaves through the political landscape, raising questions about DeSantis' prospects in the race.

Trump vs. DeSantis: Poll Results Revealed

According to the poll, Trump secures an impressive 50.3% of the statewide primary voters, surpassing DeSantis by over 20 percentage points. Even in DeSantis' home state of Florida, Trump's popularity remains unwavering.

Poll Numbers Comparison

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DeSantis garners 37% support, while Trump maintains a resounding lead with 54%, leaving little room for doubt about Trump's enduring support among Republicans.

FAU political science professor Kevin Wagner, who analyzed the poll, emphasizes Trump's durable support, particularly among white working-class voters,

Who have consistently formed a steadfast base for the former President. This unwavering support continues to bolster Trump's strong position within the party.

For Team DeSantis, the poll results paint a challenging picture. Seeing Trump leading by double-digits in his own backyard has to be demoralizing. It raises the question of why no candidate, especially DeSantis, has been able to erode Trump's backing, even by a few points.

DeSantis' Media Narratives

Some speculate that media narratives may be working against DeSantis. In a recent interview, DeSantis expressed his belief that the media does not want him to be the nominee

Citing fear as the driving force behind negative narratives. However, with the media's longstanding history of criticizing Trump, DeSantis faces an uphill battle to break free from his shadow.

Implications for the Race

The significance of Trump's lead over DeSantis in Florida cannot be understated. As the race progresses, DeSantis needs to secure roughly half of Trump's support to have a fighting chance

Meanwhile, Trump, without needing DeSantis' backing, maintains a significant hold on the party. It's a clear reminder that DeSantis must deliver strong performances and make every step count to gain ground.

As the 2024 GOP primary race intensifies, all eyes will be on Florida and the battle between Trump and DeSantis. Will DeSantis find a way to bridge the gap and challenge Trump's dominance? Only time will tell.