A new poll released today shows Donald Trump continuing to expand his lead over other prospective Republican presidential candidates.
The poll, conducted by Emerson College, shows that a whopping 55% of registered Republican voters chose Trump as their preferred candidate. This continues a trend seen in Emerson’s January poll, where Trump also had 55% of the vote.
2024 National Republican Primary
• Donald Trump — 55%
• Ron DeSantis — 25%
• Mike Pence — 8%
• Nikki Haley — 5%
• Tim Scott — 2%
• Kristi Noem — 1%
• Mike Pompeo — 1%
• Larry Hogan — 1%
• Chris Sununu — 0.4%@EmersonPolling | Feb 24-25 | RVshttps://t.co/62jqHsNtNP pic.twitter.com/kW4fcaMVlT
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) February 28, 2023
The poll also shows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in second place with 25%, former Vice President Mike Pence in third with 8%, Nikki Haley (who is the only candidate in this poll besides Trump who has announced a candidacy) in fourth with 5%, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott in fifth with 2%.
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This poll continues to show what is becoming a consistent trend among Republican primary voters; Trump is the clear frontrunner. As reported yesterday by the DC Enquirer, in a poll conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, Trump had the support of 42% of primary voters. DeSantis remained in second with 26%, while Nikki Haley garnered only 6% of the vote.
It is noteworthy to analyze the timing of the two polls. The McLaughlin poll was conducted prior to Trump’s visit to East Palestine, Ohio last week (February 17-23), while the Emerson poll was conducted after Trump’s visit to East Palestine (Feb. 24-25).
Trump’s visit was viewed as a great political move to showcase the lack of awareness and focus of the Biden administration. Trump provided supplies to the city, interacted with residents and local officials, and purchased food for ordinary people, as well as the police and fire departments of the city, all while emphasizing the notable absence of President Biden.
This action by Trump has no doubt contributed to his boost in the polls, with the public getting to see Trump arguably at his best. The question now is what, if anything, can confirmed candidates such as Nikki Haley, and prospective candidates, such as Ron DeSantis, do to chip away at the Republican frontrunner lead. With over double the support of Gov. DeSantis in a hypothetical primary matchup, it would be an uphill battle to attempt to beat out the 45th president.
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