Ron DeSantis Researchers Find That Trump Supporters May Vote For DeSantis Instead

( A study commissioned by a group who want Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for president found that the January 6 hearings have damaged former President Trump’s perception amongst independents and “moderate” Republicans. If the findings are true, then the study might be proof that Trump is losing support amongst prospective voters, according to Miami Herald.

Impact Social, a group that tracks online conversions, found a sharp negative increase in what voters were saying about the former president. 49% of tracked conversations were negative, compared to the 8% that were positive. 43% were neutral.

“What’s happening here is you can clearly see that Jan. 6th, as the more and more revelations come out, more accusations or conclusions come out, the more they’re taking their toll,” said Phil Snape, co-founder of Impact Social. Snape also added, however, that he has seen trump rebound from damaging news, so his public perception may reset as the news dies down.

The report, released by Impact Social, is from a group of pro-DeSantis supporters trying to persuade the governor to run for president in 2024. Their report is further bolstered by a Quinnipiac University Survey that found that nearly a third of independent voters say that the January 6 hearings have made them believe that Trump was more responsible for the riot, compared to just 9% who believe the opposite.

Among all citizens, 37% say that they now believe Trump played a bigger role in the riot, compared with 9% who did not believe that and 46% whose opinion either way was not swayed.

Impact Social still found, however, that Trump was still leading DeSantis in one metric: conversation. Across social media platforms, Trump is more popular and mentioned than DeSantis, regardless of whether or not the conversation was negative.

“DeSantis is nowhere near as famous, nowhere near as well-known, nowhere near as respected, or disrespected, as Trump is,” Snape said.

The report monitored a group of 40,000 people online as “swing voters,” which may represent a sample bias as it broke its participants into categories such as “NeverTrumpers & Centrists,” “Obama-Trump voters,” and “Bernie/Far Left Supporters.”