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Poll: Florida Republicans Pick Trump Over DeSantis for President

Forty-seven percent of Florida’s Republican voters say they would cast their ballot for former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical GOP presidential primary, while 44% say they would vote for the state’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to a new¬†Emerson College poll.

No other candidate surpassed 4% in the poll.

Here are how the poll results, released on Friday, break down:

  • 4% said they would vote for former Vice President Mike Pence.
  • 2% say they would cast their ballot for former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
  • 1% say they would vote for Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.
  • 1% say they would vote for former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • 44% of Florida voters say they vote for Trump in a general election matchup with President Joe Biden, who is backed by another 44%.
  • 46% say they would vote fort DeSantis in a general election matchup with Biden, who is backed by 43%.
  • 51% of all voters say they approve of the job DeSantis is doing as governor, while 42% disapprove.

Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling said, “Nearly one year out from the Florida Presidential Primary, DeSantis and Trump are in a two-way race for the Republican nomination, statistically even with one another.”

Here are other highlights from the poll.

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  • 79% say they would vote for Trump in a race among announced candidates, compared to 16% for Haley and 6% for entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
  • 26% of all Florida voters say the economy is the top issue, with housing affordability coming in second with 14%.

The poll, conducted March 13-15, sampled 1,153 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. Read more at Newsmax.

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