An Emerson College/Fox 56 Lexington survey found that former President Donald Trump has the support of 70% of Kentucky Republicans in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
According to a survey released on Sunday, 70% of “very likely” GOP primary voters in Kentucky back Trump for the nomination, giving him a 56-point lead over his nearest prospective challenger, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who is at 14%. Trump's margin had increased by a net 17 points in only one month, according to an April Emerson College/Fox 56 Lexington survey, which showed him leading DeSantis 62 percent to 23 percent:
In the current survey, no other declared or possible contender receives more than 4% support, as it did in April. Four percent of respondents support former Vice President Mike Pence, while three percent support former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) draws two percent, while one percent support Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who is set to announce a decision on a White House run in late May.
The poll also looked at support for Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial race in Kentucky, and found that Trump-backed candidate Attorney General Daniel Cameron had a double-digit lead over the field, with 33% of the vote. Another 18% of respondents support former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, followed by Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who has 13%t, and attorney Eric Deters at 10%. No other candidate approaches double-digit backing.
According to the poll, almost half of respondents (48%) say they are “More likely” to vote for a candidate who has Trump's endorsement, while just 12 percent say they are “Less likely.” Another 41 percent believe Trump's endorsement has no impact on their vote.
Moreover, the survey asked primary voters if they feel “[President] Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election was legitimate or not legitimate,” with 21 percent believing it was valid and 79 percent believing it was not.
The survey asked “500 very likely Republican Primary Voters” between May 10-12. The margin of error is +/- 4.3 percentage points.
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