(PatrioticPost.com)- In a hypothetical contest, a recent poll revealed that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) would prevail against President Joe Biden by just three points, while former President Trump is eight points behind.
The WPA Intelligence poll was conducted between January 2 and 8, 2019, with a sample size of 1,035 voters and a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. The results showed that President Joe Biden leads his former rival Donald Trump by eight points, while Ron DeSantis narrowly leads the current president despite his lack of name recognition. The poll was conducted for the conservative Club for Growth.
The poll results suggest that Trump is losing to Biden by a 41-48% score. This is a deficit of 8 percentage points for the Republican candidate, which is greater than the margin of error of the poll, which is 3 points. Biden received 42% of the theoretical vote in a head-to-head battle with DeSantis, while the Florida governor received 45%. This results in a statistical tie between the two candidates.
WPA Intelligence used a relatively novel approach in its survey to test people’s knowledge of the candidates. First, it showed voters a picture of each of the three politicians, and then it asked respondents to either type the man’s name from memory or click an option acknowledging they didn’t know who they were. This allowed WPA Intelligence to determine how well people knew the candidates. Only 64% of voters were aware of DeSantis’s existence, in contrast to the 98% of voters who were familiar with both Biden and Trump.
Even though both Biden and Trump have widespread name recognition, DeSantis still managed to come out on top of the two. According to David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, the poll indicates that Ron DeSantis has a significant lead.
“Compared to the other two candidates, Ron DeSantis is the only one who still has an opportunity for improvement… “Yet, he still has high favorable, and he still defeats Biden, while Trump loses to him,” said McIntosh. “This is despite the fact that he still beats Trump.”
There is great potential for him to develop further and become more powerful as more people become familiar with DeSantis and his face.
Other polls show Trump is still doing very well.