CONCORD, NH — Ron DeSantis was welcomed to New Hampshire with an embarrassing Politico story about his stumbles in the state, and his trip ended with yet another brutal headline about Granite Staters rejecting his agenda.
According to a new poll, the more New Hampshire voters learn about DeSantis’ agenda to put special interests over working families, end Social Security and Medicare as we know it, and bring his Florida abortion ban nationwide, the less they want anything to do with him.
Insider: The more New Hampshire voters see of DeSantis, the less they like him: polling
Since announcing his intention to run for president in May 2023, DeSantis has visited New Hampshire on several occasions in an attempt to boost his support ahead of the first Republican presidential primary election in February 2024. It doesn't appear to be working.
After visiting the state and hobnobbing with locals, DeSantis' support has only dropped. According to an average of four more polls from between May and June 2023, he brought an average of 16% support from likely or registered voters.
Still, DeSantis hasn't been doing so hot nationally, either, and has seen his polling average dip by around ten points over the same period we're looking at in New Hampshire.
Another reason could be DeSantis' widely reported position on abortion. In April 2023, DeSantis signed into effect one of the strictest laws in the country that's aimed at restricting abortion access, banning the practice after six weeks of pregnancy.
Voters in New Hampshire, however, may not be the most enthused by DeSantis' legislation. According to a 2022 poll from St. Anselm College, which occurred after the Supreme Court overturned federal abortion protections granted by the Roe v. Wade case, 71% of respondents classified themselves as "pro-choice," compared to 25% who identified as "pro-life."