In a prospective 2024 GOP primary matchup, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) leads former President Donald Trump by 14 points, according to a Wall Street Journal/Impact Research and Fabrizio, Lee & Associates poll released on Wednesday.
DeSantis leads Trump by 52 percent to 38 percent among prospective GOP primary voters.
Trump led DeSantis by 16 points among those who identify as very conservative (54-38 percent), while more moderate conservatives supported DeSantis more by 30 points (59-29 percent). More moderate Republicans are less likely to exert influence during the primary season.
The poll also found that DeSantis is more popular than Trump. DeSantis had an 86 percent approval rating among Republicans, while Trump had a 74 percent approval rating.
Recognition may be one of DeSantis's most difficult challenges in the matchup. According to the poll, “one in 10 likely GOP primary voters said they didn’t know enough about Mr. DeSantis to venture an opinion of him.”
Tony Fabrizio, a pro-Trump pollster who helped conduct the poll, told the Journal that DeSantis and Trump are expected to have a close GOP primary. “It is going to be a competitive primary,” he said. “The two favorites right now would be Trump and DeSantis.”
The poll was conducted among 1,500 registered voters between December 3 and 7, with a margin of error of 2.5 points. The polling margin of error among Republican voters was 6 points.
According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Tuesday, more than 60% of conservative respondents said they would support a nominee who would advocate for Trump's America First ideas but preferred someone else to be the standard-bearer.
According to the USA Today poll, DeSantis leads Trump 56 percent to 33 percent, or by 23 points.
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