Straw Poll Results Show Who Wins Between Trump And DeSantis

A recent conservative straw poll has made waves and raised questions about a potential faceoff between the two leading Republican presidential contenders.


The Centennial Institute hosted the Western Conservative Summit where the poll was taken, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis bested former President Donald Trump.

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“A non-partisan straw poll taken during this weekend’s 2021 Western Conservative Summit showed 74% of poll participants prefer Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over Donald Trump (71%) as a candidate for president of the United States in the 2024 election,” the Centennial Institute said. “Neither DeSantis nor Trump spoke at the event.

The Centennial Institute is Colorado Christian University’s public policy think tank.

From the poll:

Question one asked Summit attendees to vote for all the 2024 presidential candidates they approve of out of 31 choices of popular figures across the political spectrum. Candidates listed included both Republican and Democratic candidates. The top five candidates, in order of most approval to least, were: Ron DeSantis (74%), Donald Trump (71%), Sen. Ted Cruz (43%), Mike Pompeo (39%) and Sen. Tim Scott (36%). Former Vice President Pence came in tenth place.

Question two asked attendees to mark any of 25 policy issues as most important to them. The top five most important issues were: Immigration/Border Security (82%), Election Integrity (79%), Religious Freedom (75%), Federal Budget/Deficit (74%) and Gun Rights (74%).

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