Along with the number of Republican presidential candidates, former President Donald Trump’s advantage in early primary states is growing.
More than four out of ten Republican voters in South Carolina now support Donald Trump, according to a report released on Wednesday.
Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, received 18% of the 809 votes in Wednesday’s National Public Affairs poll, Trump’s closest competitor.
Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and current ambassador to the United Nations, comes in second with 12 percent, followed by South Carolina senator Tim Scott with 10 percent.
Breitbart News reported, “For reference, a May survey from the pollster showed Trump at 38 percent and DeSantis at 23 percent, marking an eight-point swing Trump’s way in a month’s time. Moreover, that poll was conducted before DeSantis’s campaign launch. Notably, the poll does not include declared candidates radio host Larry Elder, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, or businessman Perry Johnson, and it was conducted prior to former Rep. Will Hurd’s (R-TX) entrance into the field earlier this week.”
Trump has a commanding lead over his challengers among independent voters, with a 28 percent margin of victory. Haley, DeSantis, Scott, and Christie are all in last place with 16 percent, 16 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively.
NPA Primary Monthly Poll Results (SC)
Trump 41% (+3)
DeSantis 18% (-5)
Haley 12% (-3)
Scott 10% (+0)
Christie 5% (new)
Pence 2% (+0)
Ramaswamy 2% (+0)
Hutchinson 2% (-1)
Burgum 1% (new)
Undecided 6% (-2)
6/20-6/21 by NPA
809 GOP Pres Prim LV
— National Public Affairs (@NatPubAffairs) June 28, 2023
A polling document indicates that Trump has significant leads in Charleston and Richmond counties, which were both won by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) in 2016. In addition, Trump now has a 26 percent advantage in the Greenville area, a significant increase from his two percent lead over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the same region seven years ago.
Despite Trump’s popularity, the survey found that 35% of respondents intend to vote against him or will almost undoubtedly do so. 32% and 35% of voters have the same opinion of DeSantis and Haley, respectively, a 10% increase from the previous month.
The greatest obstacles for Pence and Christie in this regard are the 55 percent of voters who say they are not considering or will not vote for the former vice president. According to the results of the survey, two out of every three respondents held the same opinion of Christie.
A significant new 2024 presidential poll conducted earlier this month found that despite ongoing legal issues in New York, Florida, his home state of Georgia, and his native state of New York, Trump’s political standing appears to be unaffected.
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