Latest 2024 Straw Poll Shows DeSantis Beating Trump

In a recent straw poll for the presidential election of 2024, erstwhile President Trump was once again defeated by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). 

On Saturday, participants of the Western Conservative Conference (coordinated by the Centennial Institute, a research institute affiliated with Colorado Christian University) were asked to vote on 31 potential presidential candidates for the year 2024.

These contenders included both Republican and Democratic aspirants. Not unexpectedly, names associated with the Republican Party dominated the findings. 

Order of Votes

Per a press statement from the Centennial Institute, the winner was Ron DeSantis, who received 74 percent of the votes.

This was followed by Donald Trump, who received 71 percent, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who came in at 43 percent, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came in at 39 percent, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who came in at 36 percent.

However, ex VP Mike Pence came tenth overall. 

According to the press release, the approved process used in the straw poll enabled participants to cast their votes for various answers to each question.

“The strategy assures poll results represent attendance’s opinions more accurately.” 

With 2.96 percent of the vote each, former First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are in the lead among the Democratic candidates. President Joe Biden came in second with 2.43 percent. 

Additionally, attendees were asked to check any of the 25 policy concerns they believed to be the most essential.

Immigration and border security received 82 percent of the vote, followed by election integrity (79%), religious freedom (75%), the federal budget and deficit (74%), and gun rights (74%).

The governor of Florida previously came out on top in a straw poll held in May at a Wisconsin Republican convention. He received 38% of the votes cast. Trump received 32% of the vote.

Trump Over DeSantis

Other surveys have found Trump is more popular than DeSantis. 

A survey conducted in May by Harvard CAPS found 30 percent of respondents said they would support Trump if he were to compete for the Republican primary in 2024, while DeSantis was in second place with 8 percent.

In addition, per a poll done by Rasmussen Reports in February, 47 percent of potential Republican voters stated they would support Trump for the candidacy of the party in the next presidential race.

DeSantis came in a poor second, with only 20 percent. 

Neither Trump nor DeSantis has publicly declared their intention to run for the White House. Still, Trump has given numerous hints that he will run for president again in 2024, the most recent of which was during his presentation at the NRA convention in May.

DeSantis, on the other hand, has not. In Florida’s current gubernatorial race, DeSantis is seeking reelection as the incumbent governor. 

The Centennial Institute has not yet provided a comment in response to demands for one.