Ron DeSantis' Presidential Prospects Show Steady Decline Over Six Months, Poll Reveals


Recent national polling indicates a continued decline in support for Ron DeSantis in the race for the presidency, extending a six-month trend.

The Marquette Law School survey, conducted from September 18 to September 25, reveals a notable drop for DeSantis, from 35% in March (where he trailed Donald Trump by only 5 points in the Republican nomination race) to a mere 12% in this latest poll.

Conversely, Donald Trump, who held 40% support in March, now commands a significant 56% backing.

The polling memo highlights, "DeSantis’s support has continued to decline, as it has since his high point in March, but he remains in second place. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley now appears to be in third place but remains in single digits." Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina Governor, garnered 6% support in the survey of 384 likely voters. This data was collected prior to the second Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, California.

Since July, DeSantis has experienced a significant dip of 10 points, falling from 22% support. Concurrently, Trump has gained the same 10 points that DeSantis lost.

The Marquette poll mirrors the Race to the White House national average, which positions Trump at 56%, DeSantis at 13%, and Haley at 7%.

It's noteworthy that the survey in March was notably more favorable to DeSantis than the national polling average, which showed Trump leading with 46% to DeSantis' 27%.