It's pretty shocking that DeSantis beat Trump in that poll, considering that most Republicans (especially the most politically active) fully believe Trump had the election stolen from him. So you have a huge number of people basically saying, "I'd prefer DeSantis as President instead of the guy I voted for less than a year ago and who I believe actually won the election." That's a pretty big endorsement and vote of confidence. It's a sign that most Republicans are starting to recognize that Trump is not a messiah or even a Caesar (he demonstrated that very well in the wake of the stolen election) and that it's time for a changing of the guard. A Trump sequel in 2024 is really not something that anyone on the right should be interested in. A new Trump candidacy would merely give the left and the media (but I repeat myself) a license to incite hysteria and allow them to make the election about something besides Joe Biden's utter incompetence and the disastrous policies of the globalist left. And we know by now that Trump would simply be in it to feed his own ego. He punted on every tough decision he faced and was essentially inept as a President, being effective only as a sort of cultural champion the right could rally around and as media gadfly/lightning rod with a preternatural ability to endure scandal and nullify normal media smear jobs.
DeSantis is a much more appealing political figure, in contrast. He is much smarter than Trump. He's the sort of guy who actually will sit there and dig through data, read reports and talk to different experts before making decisions. He is much more politically courageous than Trump. He was willing to go against pretty much every other major politician in the country as well as the media by opening up Florida last year when he did. But he recognized the truth contained in the data and wanted to do the right thing for the state of Florida and its citizens. He has the type of resume that most Presidential aspirants could only dream about - Yale undergrad, college athlete, Harvard Law, Navy JAG officer, U.S. Congressman, Governor of a large battleground state. And the guy's only 42 years old. He lacks the natural charisma and media savvy of Trump (because who doesn't? Trump is likely the most gifted person in this area literally, ever). But he's smart enough to understand what Trump did and why it worked, and so has similarly cloaked himself in populist garb, standing with the people and against the media and elites.
In short, DeSantis is a winner. He's as strong a horse as you are ever going to find in national politics. If he ran in 2024 and got the nomination he would probably be the single strongest non-incumbent Presidential candidate of the modern era. No one else has had the kind of resume he does combined with the inarguable leadership success under very difficult circumstances he's demonstrated over the past year. This is why the Democrats and the media are utterly terrified of him and trying to do everything they can do kill his candidacy in the womb. If the Republicans can crack down on the election fraud that happened in the swing states and prevent it from reoccurring, I think DeSantis would defeat Biden in a crushing landslide in 2024, eclipsing even the victory that Trump actually won in 2020 before the cheating began. The reality is that most people recognize Biden is a demented old fool, even the Democrats. He has literally nothing to offer in contrast to DeSantis. Nothing.
Of course, I don't think DeSantis is a messianic figure for the right. I doubt he could reverse our decline, but perhaps he could slow it and throw another wrench in the plans of the globalist elite, but more adeptly than Trump did. People talking about his cucking for Israel need to give it a break. You literally can't get elected dog catcher in the United States without throwing some bones to the you know whos. He's playing the game like any other politician. He has at least so far demonstrated enough political courage and genuine concern for the welfare of his constituents that there exists the possibility he would not govern as an Israel cuck. He certainly seems a better bet in that regard than any other politician on offer, at least.
So overall I maintain he is absolutely the best choice for Republicans in 2024 at this point. If he can continue what he's doing successfully I think this will become more and more apparent to people, and hopefully to Trump himself, who should bow out of 2024 and endorse DeSantis.