The survey, conducted by the Trafalgar group, found that 85.7 percent of respondents at the event chose Trump as their top pick in the current GOP primary field.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trailed far behind, garnering only 4.3 percent support, taking third place. DeSantis was bested by Perry Johnson, a relatively unknown candidate who came second to Trump on the first-pick poll, at 7.8 percent.
Upon being asked to pick a second preferred candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy came out on top, with 51.2 percent support.
The poll also asked for top US Vice President picks, with former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake being the number one choice at 30.8 percent, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) at 24 percent, and Vivek Ramaswamy at 22.7 percent.
DeSantis notably did not attend the event, which took place in his home state, despite having received an invitation to speak.
His campaign press secretary, Bryan Griffin, reportedly said in a statement, "Governor DeSantis spent the day with Iowans and spoke to a packed house at the Tennessee GOP Statesman Dinner later that night. This was a day after he delivered the strongest interview at the Family Leadership Summit, which Donald Trump notably skipped. Ron DeSantis is campaigning to win."
Turning Point Action founder Charlie Kirk commented that the survey reveals that "President Trump remains the single most dominant force among the conservative grassroots."
He added that the many attacks the former president has faced as of late "seemingly made him even stronger and more popular among the conservative faithful."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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