A new poll from Rasmussen has revealed that Republican voters prefer former President Donald Trump over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the GOP 2024 presidential nomination by 28 points.
Among likely Republican voters, 58 percent said that they would vote for Trump if the nomination vote came down to Trump and Desantis, while 30 percent said they would vote for DeSantis. Eight percent said they would vote for another candidate, and four percent were unsure.
Republicans polled had a favorable view of DeSantis, with 37 percent saying they had a "very favorable" view of the Florida leader, and 33 percent saying they had a "somewhat favorable" view of him. 13 percent said they had a "somewhat unfavorable" view, and 13 percent had a "very unfavorable" view of him.
If DeSantis were to win the nomination and go head to head with President Biden, the two candidates would be tied among all likely US voters polled, at 44 percent. Eight percent said they would vote for another candidate, and four percent were unsure.
DeSantis would likely receive 73 percent of the GOP vote, while Biden would receive 75 percent of the Democrat vote. Among independent voters, 46 percent said they would vote for DeSantis while 38 percent said they would vote for Biden.
A combined 54 percent of GOP voters said it was likely that DeSantis would win the Republican nomination, with 44 percent saying "somewhat likely" and 10 percent saying "very likely." 30 percent of GOP voters said it was "not very likely" DeSantis wins the nomination, and 11 percent said it was "not at all likely." Four percent were unsure.
The poll was conducted between May 30 and June 1 of 1,012 likely US voters by Rasmussen Reports and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
The poll comes as the 2024 Republican primary field heats up, with Trump and DeSantis consistently polling in first and second place, respectively. With the first RNC debate set for August 21, candidate Vivek Ramaswamy over the weekend announced that he had qualified for a spot on the stage. Trump has stated that he will not participate in the RNC debates.
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