If you’re a conservative in America today, there is a singular, burning question on your political mind: Who will be the 2024 GOP nominee for President.
At this point in the game, there is only former President Donald Trump in the race officially, and he is a man with a growing amount of baggage to worry about…at least litigiously speaking.
It is rather widely believed that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is considering entering the race as well, but the Sunshine State lawmaker has so far abstained from making any overt statements on the matter. Still, pollsters have been including DeSantis in their metrics for obvious reasons, and with undulating results.
The latest survey of potential voters may very well accelerate Ron’s timeline, however, as he won’t want Don to get too far out ahead.
Former President Trump holds at 17-point lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in a hypothetical GOP primary match-up, according to a new poll.Trending:
A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday showed Trump with 48 percent support among potential Republican primary voters, followed by DeSantis with 31 percent. Trump’s front-runner position differs from some polls since the November midterm elections, which have shown DeSantis closing the gap with Trump or taking a lead in some cases.
Former Vice President Mike Pence came in third with 8 percent, followed by former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) with 3 percent. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) both received 2 percent.
The poll had some other data to absorb as well:
Among Trump voters in the most recent poll, DeSantis is comfortably the second choice, with 44 percent backing the Florida governor. About 20 percent would support Pence, and 7 percent would back Cruz.
Just over a third of DeSantis supporters would vote for Trump as their second choice, while 14 percent would support Pence and 13 percent would back Haley.
Pollsters found Trump’s favorability rating among potential Republican primary voters to be improving over the past month, with 77 percent having a favorable view of him. Trump’s net favorability rating, taken from subtracting the percentage who view him unfavorably from the percentage who view him favorably, passed 50 percent in the Morning Consult polling for the first time in almost a month.
As pollsters continue to work whatever voodoo-like math-maiming they enjoy, the GOP primary race will continue to evolve, and there is undoubtedly more drama still to come.