June 24, 2021

DeSantis Beats Trump in Early Conservative Presidential Poll

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief:

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) recently outranked former President Donald Trump in a poll asking participants about their preferred candidate for the 2024 presidential race. The poll took place at Colorado Christian University’s 2021 Western Conservative Summit—one of the largest conservative conferences in the country.

The Background:

Every year, Colorado Christian University puts on the Western Conservative Summit which draws some of the largest names in conservatism to Colorado.

This year, the Centennial Institute, which put on the Summit last week, polled the attendees to get a picture of how conservatives are thinking about the 2024 presidential race. 

The poll used an “approval method” which allowed the pollees to choose multiple options. They were directed to mark all candidates they approved of for President in 2024.

Here are the results:

74% of the responses included Gov. DeSantis; Trump came in 2nd with 71%; Sen. Ted Cruz earned 43%; Mike Pompeo came in 4th at 39%; and Sen. Tim Scott grabbed 5th with 36%. 

Former Vice President Mike Pence only garnered 21% falling behind Kristi Noem, Tom Cotton, Rand Paul, and Donald Trump Jr.

The results are very early and didn’t require voters to pick one candidate over the others. This poll at least shows that many people would consider DeSantis a potential frontrunner for 2024, though Trump did beat DeSantis by a wide margin in the CPAC straw poll earlier this year which required respondents to choose between candidates.

Notable Quotes: 

“Sure I would…I would certainly consider Ron. I know him very well. He's a great guy.” - Former President Donald Trump when asked about DeSantis as potential 2024 VP pick

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