If the presidential election were held today, Ron DeSantis would be leading the potential 2024 matchp between he and Joe Biden.
Although neither Biden nor the Florida governor are official candidates for the presidential race, the assumption is that both are running along with Donald Trump and other Republican presidential hopefuls.
The survey from the Suffolk University and USA Today shows DeSantis would edge Biden 46.6%-42.7% — with the pro-life governor leading the pro-abortion Democrat.
However, Biden tops Trump 47.3%-39.5% in a potential rematch of their 2020 presidential election showdown, the survey of 1,000 registered voters nationwide indicates. Biden’s lead is up from four-point margin in Suffolk University survey in October.
And in a comparison of the two Republicans, GOP voters favor DeSantis on a 56%-33% margin as the potential Republican presidential nominee.
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The poll also found less support for Biden and Trump running again. Support for Biden seeking a second term has declined from 45% in autumn to 40% now and, among Republicans, 47% wanted him to run again, down from 60% in July.
“Republicans and conservative independents increasingly want Trumpism without Trump,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters, taken by landline and cell phone Wednesday through Sunday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The sample of 374 Republicans and independents who lean to the Republican Party has an error margin of 5.1 points.