published : 2023-09-29

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Leads in Republican Debate Performance, According to Poll

33% of likely Republican primary voters polled thought DeSantis had the best performance

A photo of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addressing the audience during the Republican debate, captured with a Nikon D850.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis emerged as the standout performer in the second Republican debate, as revealed by a recent poll conducted by 538/Washington Post/Ispos.

The poll, which surveyed 2,262 likely voters in the Republican primary, asked participants to grade each candidate's performance during the debate hosted by FOX Business in Simi Valley, California.

Prior to the debate, pollsters gauged the expectations of likely GOP primary voters for each candidate's performance.

Interestingly, voters predicted that Vivek Ramaswamy would outperform the rest, closely followed by DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

However, post-debate polls indicated that 33% of respondents believed DeSantis delivered the strongest performance, followed by Haley at 18% and Ramaswamy at 15%.

An image of the lively discussion between Vivek Ramaswamy and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on the debate stage, taken with a Canon EOS R5.

The support among the field of candidates showed minimal changes after the debate.

DeSantis saw a slight increase in support from 51.0% to 51.9%, while Haley's support rose from 34.0% to 36.4% and Scott's from 24.7% to 26.5%.

Ramaswamy's support experienced a marginal increase from 27.2% to 28.1%, and Pence's from 23.4% to 24.2%.

Former President Donald Trump's popularity remained stable, moving from 63.8% to 63.9%.

The poll also delved into the issues that are most important to likely Republican primary voters when determining their vote.

A snapshot of Sen. Tim Scott passionately expressing his views during the Republican debate, captured with a Sony A7 III.

The majority of voters, around 55%, identified 'getting inflation or increased costs under control' as their top priority.

'Controlling immigration' was considered crucial for 40% of voters, while 'ability to beat Joe Biden' held significant weight for 24% of voters.

The results of this poll reflect the opinions of likely Republican primary voters on the debate performances and the issues that drive their decision-making process.