In the latest Morning Consult poll, the dominance of former President Donald Trump over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a likely contender for the 2024 Presidential race, continues to strengthen. Despite facing negative verdicts and biased news coverage, Trump’s lead has expanded by a significant 43 points over his closest potential competitor. Published on Tuesday, the poll highlights that 61 percent of potential Republican primary voters support Trump for the nomination, while 18 percent back Governor Ron DeSantis, who has yet to formally declare his candidacy. This also marks a two-point increase from the previous week, coming off the heels of Trump’s town hall hosted by CNN.
Morning Consult Poll: Trump Posts Biggest Lead Yet Over DeSantis
Trump — 61% (+43)
DeSantis — 18%
Pence — 6%
Haley — 4%
Ramaswamy — 4%
Cheney — 2%
Abbot — 1%
T. Scott — 1%
Hutchinson — 1%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) May 16, 2023
According to Breitbart:
The poll, published on Tuesday, finds that 61 percent of potential Republican primary voter respondents support Trump for the nomination. Another 18 percent of participants back Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who has not declared a candidacy, placing him in second place. Trump’s 43-point lead is the largest he has had in the polling outfit’s running “2024 GOP Primary Tracker.” The margin between the two widened by two points since last week when Trump registered 60 percent of support to DeSantis’s 19 percent.
The poll asked Trump and DeSantis supporters who their second choice candidates would be, finding they both take the lion’s share of each other’s support. Of DeSantis supporters, 43 percent say they view Trump as their second choice. Pence draws the second-highest second-choice response at 15 percent, followed by Haley at 13 percent and Ramaswamy at nine percent.
Similarly, DeSantis is the second choice for 44 percent of Trump supporters, followed by Pence at 15 percent, Ramaswamy at ten percent, and Haley at five percent.
The poll also gauged hypothetical general election match-ups between the top-performing Republicans and President Joe Biden. In a rematch of the 2020 election, Biden leads Trump by a margin of 44 percent to 41 percent. Another nine percent would vote for another candidate, and six percent are unsure who they would back.
It appears increasingly improbable for any other candidate to surpass Trump as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, indicating a likely scenario of a Trump versus Biden rematch in 2024. Currently, the polling data indicates a slight lead for Biden over Trump. However, considering that Trump has an entire presidential campaign ahead of him and taking into account the current trajectory of the country and the struggling state of the economy under President Biden, it is plausible that Trump may rapidly gain ground on Biden as the 2024 election approaches.