BREAKING: Trump is polling at 61 percent following federal indictment, knocking out DeSantis by nearly 40 point lead

61 percent of GOP voters said they will support Trump, while 23 percent said they will vote for DeSantis.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
President Trump is blowing out his competition in the GOP primary election with recent polls revealing a whopping 61 percent of likely Republican voters will support him in the 2024 primary election following his federal indictment.

According to the CBS News and YouGov poll, President Trump is leading his top primary opponent, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, by nearly 40 points. 61 percent of GOP voters said they will support Trump, while 23 percent said they will vote for DeSantis.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) each received 4 percent of the vote, while former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received 3 percent. 

When asked how Trump's recent federal indictment will change their view on the former President, 61 percent said it "won't change," while 14 percent voted "for the better." 18 percent answered it "depends," compared to 7 percent voting "for the worse."

Responding to the question, "If convicted over classified documents, Trump should be able to be president or not be president," 80 percent of respondents voted that Trump should be able to be president, compared to 20 percent voting that he should not, data shows.

According to the poll, 76 percent of respondents say that the indictment was politically motivated, while 12 percent said the documents were a risk to national security. 12 percent voted that the Mar-a-Lago documents case was both politically motivated and a risk to national security.

When asked what candidates they would consider voting for right now, 75 percent of respondents said they would consider Trump, while 51 percent said they would consider DeSantis.

21 percent of respondents said they will vote for Scott, 16 percent said they will vote for Pence, 15 percent said they will consider Haley and 13 percent said they will vote for Vivek Ramaswamy. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received seven percent of the vote, data shows.

President Trump's impressive poll numbers follow a marathon of appearances on Saturday in both Georgia and North Carolina, marking the GOP front-runner's first public appearance since receiving a federal indictment on Thursday. Supporters flooded the auditoriums and streets to greet the 45th President, who slammed Biden's Department of Justice in his speeches, calling the indictment a political witch hunt.

Trump garnered further support for his campaign after he made a surprise appearance at a Waffle House restaurant in Georgia following his speech at the convention, and announced that he was buying everyone in the crowd free waffles, saying "Waffles on Trump!"

This moment went viral across social media on Saturday.

The CBS and YouGov poll included responses from 1,798 likely GOP voters who were interviewed after Trump's indictment on June 9 and June 10.
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