Fox News Power Rankings: DeSantis Holds Second Place but Faces Increasing Competition

Fox News Power Rankings: DeSantis Holds Second Place but Faces Increasing Competition

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
September 20, 2023

Fox News’ recently unveiled ‘Power Rankings’ show that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is preserving his lead ahead of most Republican presidential candidates,  but the survey predicts increasing competition from the field of candidates. 

Former President Donald Trump remains the clear favorite in the race, with Fox survey showing that he holds a 40-point lead over Governor DeSantis. 

Fox depicts Vivek Ramaswamy as steadily climbing the polls, citing his unexpected and successful performance during the first Republican primary debate. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was also described as gaining popularity amongst Republican voters following the debate.  

Conversely, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott has decreased in popularity. According to Fox, Senator Scott is polling poorly in early primary states. 

Meanwhile, reports suggest Gov. DeSantis has fared quite well in recent weeks. The Floridian Publisher Javier Manjarres analyzed polls assessing Republican voter attitudes after the first debate and Trump’s criminal charges. Manjarres claims such polls demonstrate increased support for the Florida Governor.  

“Since the debate and former President Donald Trump’s 4th criminal indictment, Governor DeSantis has seen his national polling rise 3-4 percentage points,” said Manjarres.

According to Fox, however, DeSantis has declined in popularity over a 7-month. The ‘Power Rankings’ show DeSantis has lost nearly half of his support since last February. While DeSantis still leads all other candidates, except Trump, Fox claims his lead has noticeably shortened. 

Consequently, Fox is predicting closer margins amongst candidates trailing Trump will result in increased competition, especially looking toward next week’s second Republican debate.  

The survey goes even further, foreshadowing that DeSantis and Ramaswamy will both be overtaken by a candidate from the ideological camp of Haley, Scott, and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Simultaneously, a new CBS poll demonstrates Trump presently enjoys marginal dominance over current President Joe Biden in public support. The poll shows that 49% of likely voters list President Biden as their choice for president while 50% say that President Trump is their top pick.

The poll also showed that voters disapprove of a 2020 election rematch. If that’s the case, 64% percent of voters claim a rematch is due to a broken political system, while only 23% believe the rematch would represent the product of a functional system. 

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

Mateo is a Miami-based political reporter covering national and local politics

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