According to a recent survey of 1,838 registered voters in the United States conducted by Harvard, The Harris Poll, and Center for American Political Studies, former President Donald Trump is currently the top contender in a hypothetical GOP primary, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis coming in second place. The poll results indicated that Trump is leading the pack of both potential and confirmed GOP candidates with 46%, while DeSantis garnered 23%. Former Vice President Mike Pence and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who are the only other candidates officially declared for the race, received 7% and 6% respectively.
2024 National Republican Primary
Donald Trump: 46%
Ron DeSantis: 23%
Mike Pence: 7%
Nikki Haley: 6%
Mike Pompeo: 3%
Marco Rubio: 2%
Ted Cruz: 1%
Tim Scott: 1%
Donald Trump: 56%
Ron DeSantis: 44%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) February 17, 2023
In the event that Trump is not running, Republican voters were asked to name their preferred candidate, and the survey revealed that DeSantis is their top choice with 39%, followed by Pence at 17% and Haley at 10%. Around 16% of those surveyed expressed uncertainty or did not provide a response when asked this question.
The survey also presented findings for a potential general election matchup between Trump and current President Joe Biden. If a contest were held between the two, the poll results suggest that Trump would emerge victorious with 46% compared to Biden’s 41%, while approximately 13% of those polled did not express a preference for either candidate.
In a head-to-head match-up between Trump and DeSantis, Trump would beat DeSantis 55% to 44%. Similarly, Trump would beat Haley 69% to 31%.
The survey was taken from Feb. 15 – 16 and provides an interesting look into the current state of the Republican party. It is clear that Trump is still a powerful figure within the GOP, and his presence on the ballot would likely be a deciding factor in any potential primary or general election. It remains to be seen whether or not he will actually run for office again, but this poll provides an interesting insight into how his candidacy could shape the future of the Republican party.
The preceding article is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The Daily Caller