Trump Leads in Iowa Poll, DeSantis Trails Far Behind
The first state to vote in the 2024 Republican presidential primary has a clear and indisputable front-runner. According to a recent poll by Emerson College, former President Donald Trump leads in Iowa with a titanic 62 percent of Republican support. In comparison, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is widely considered the only Republican with a serious chance of dethroning Trump, has only 20 percent support, less than a third of Trump’s.
The poll was conducted between May 19 and 22, before DeSantis’ Wednesday announcement of a formal presidential campaign. The results suggest that DeSantis has a long way to go in making the primary a competitive race.
DeSantis, despite last night, is the most serious rival to Trump for the GOP nomination.
But let’s not gloss over that he is a LONG way behind.
New poll out of Iowa this morning from the reputable @EmersonPolling:
Trump 62, DeSantis 20 pic.twitter.com/PSYrpkvLjb
— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) May 25, 2023
Trump also has a handy lead over President Joe Biden in a tentative general election match-up. Trump leads his own successor 49 percent to 38 percent in the poll, while DeSantis leads Biden in another match-up by 45 percent to 38 percent.
It’s worth noting that the poll surveyed 1,064 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2.9 percent.
Other Poll Results
A handful of alternate Republicans combine for less than 20 percent of support in the survey. On the other side of the partisan spectrum, Biden has a rock-solid support of 69 percent of Democrats in the poll. His closest competitor, Robert Kennedy Jr, lags well behind at a paltry 11 percent.
In a realignment of the traditional primary and caucus schedule, Democrats stripped the Iowa caucus of its first-in-the-nation status earlier this year, according to ABC News. Iowa Republicans will still kick off the schedule for the GOP.
Trump won Iowa in 2020, cementing the state’s status as Republican-aligned. Mitt Romney was the last Republican to lose Iowa in the 2012 presidential election.
Overall, the poll suggests that Trump remains a dominant force in the Republican Party, with DeSantis trailing far behind.
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