DeSantis beats Trump in 2024 straw poll at Western Conservative Summit

A new straw poll found that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) would beat former President Donald Trump in a head-to-head hypothetical matchup in the Republican primaries.

According to a report from the Washington Examiner, DeSantis outpaced the former president when voters were asked how they would vote in the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

“Attendees of the Western Conservative Summit, organized by the Centennial Institute, a think tank associated with Colorado Christian University, were asked on Saturday to vote on 31 2024 presidential contenders, including both Republican and Democratic candidates. Not surprisingly, GOP names dominated the results,” the Examiner reported.

The publication reported that DeSantis came out on top with 74% of the votes. Trump got the support 71%, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in at 43%.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received 39% support and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) got 36% support, according to a press release from Centennial Institute.

For context, the poll used an approval system that allowed respondents to vote for more than one candidate. President Mike Pence came in 10th place.

“The straw poll employed an ‘approval method’ that allowed participants to vote for multiple responses to each question,” the press release said. “The method ensures poll results more accurately reflect attendees’ opinions.”

On the opposite side of the political spectrum, former first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led with 2.96% support while resident Joe Biden followed with 2.43%.

In addition to a flat-out choice, attendees of the event were asked to indicate any of the 25 policy issues that they considered the most important.

The top five issues marked by the participants were immigration/border security at 82%, election integrity at 79%, religious freedom at 75%, federal budget/deficit at 74%, and gun rights at 74%.

Previously, DeSantis came out ahead on a straw poll that was conducted in May at the Wisconsin GOP convention where the Florida governor took 38% of the votes and Trump took 32%.

Via the Examiner:

“Thirty percent of respondents in a May survey by Harvard CAPS-Harris said they would back Trump for a hypothetical 2024 GOP primary run, with DeSantis trailing at 8%.

“Additionally, 47% of likely GOP voters said they would back Trump for the party’s nomination in the next presidential election, while DeSantis came in a distant second with 20%, according to a February poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

“Neither Trump nor DeSantis has announced a run for the White House, though Trump has hinted numerous times he will run for president again in 2024, most recently during his appearance at the NRA convention in May. DeSantis is currently running for reelection as governor in Florida.”

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