Following his indictment by a Manhattan grand jury, the former president still holds a commanding advantage over his other present and potential Republican rivals in a fictitious Republican primary survey.
According to a poll conducted by Yahoo News and YouGov after the grand jury authorized the indictment against Trump, the former president has a commanding lead over any potential Republican challenger, with 52% of the vote to 27% for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Former Vice President Mike Pence placed second with 3 percent of the vote, followed by Nikki Haley (5 percent) and then Ron DeSantis (21%).
11 percent of respondents indicated they were unsure, and the remaining existing and potential candidates received 2 percent or less.
57 percent to 31 percent, with 12 percent saying they were unsure, is the margin of victory for Trump against DeSantis in a head-to-head comparison. Republicans and independents who lean Republican were surveyed.
According to Yahoo, Trump now has a much larger lead over DeSantis than he had in the poll it conducted less than two weeks ago, when the former president only had an 8-point advantage over DeSantis. In the Yahoo and YouGov poll conducted in February, DeSantis had a 4-point lead over Trump.
According to the most recent poll, barely a third of Republicans and independents who identify as Republicans would prefer someone other than Trump to represent the Republican Party in 2024. That figure is three points higher than the previous poll’s 51 percent preferential response for Trump.
However, the study discovered that when respondents outside the GOP electorate are included, the results are more ambiguous or leaning towards Trump.
39 percent of individuals said they are thrilled or satisfied about Trump’s indictment, while 37 percent said they are unhappy or furious about it. On the purpose of the indictment against Trump, respondents were divided, with 43% believing political prejudice is the main driver and 42% believing a sincere desire to hold Trump accountable.
Yet, 45 percent of respondents said they thought Trump had fabricated financial documents to hide a hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Just 26% of respondents claimed he did not, and 29% indicated they were unsure.
Trump lags Vice President Biden by two points among registered voters in a hypothetical rematch, 45 percent to 43 percent for Biden.
With 1,089 American adults, the survey was conducted from March 30 to 31. There was a 3.3 point error margin.