(VitalNews.org) – A new poll of likely Republican presidential voters shows former President Donald Trump widening his lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis looking ahead to the 2024 election.
The poll shows Trump has a 14-point lead over DeSantis, who has gained national popularity for his conservative governance of Florida. DeSantis has won support from many conservatives for tackling “woke” issues in public schools and for standing against the federal government and most other states that tried to impose draconian rules on citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is increasingly unclear to voters how much faith to put in polls of likely voters, considering how out of step with reality such polls have been in the past few presidential election cycles.
Among likely Republican voters, the Quinnipiac poll puts Trump at 46 percent with DeSantis at 32 percent. The same poll conducted in February had Trump in the same spot but showed DeSantis with 36 percent support.
The poll looked at more than just likely Republican voters. It showed that if the 2024 elections were held today, President Biden would beat Trump by four points but would only beat DeSantis by 1 point. This may indicate that voters’ personal feelings about Trump weigh more heavily in their choices than the candidates’ policy platforms.
Just after the 2022 elections, Trump declared his candidacy for the 2024 election. Though he has been out of the White House for more than two years, Trump remains wildly popular among conservative voters and exercises considerable influence over the national conversation among Republicans.
He handily won a straw poll of voters at last month’s Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference.
Quinnipiac pollster Tim Malloy said that while DeSantis “might be the buzz in the GOP conversation,” Trump maintains his dominance and there’s no sign it’s slipping.
Not all conservative voters are happy with Trump, however. Many believe he’s responsible for the mediocre Republican showing in the 2022 midterm elections.
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