A few days prior to his first visit to the state of Iowa this year, a new survey indicates that former President Donald Trump has become more popular than ever in the state.
Per a Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released on Monday, 53% of the Iowans surveyed had a favorable view of Trump while 45% had an unfavorable view.
The release of the survey results comes just a few days before the former president holds a rally on Saturday, which will happen at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. This will serve as his first trip to the state following his defeat in the previous election. He is currently heading to the state where the caucuses have kicked off the nominating calendar for the presidential elections for five decades.
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) October 4, 2021
The former president’s favorable ratings have the distinction of being the highest ever in the Des Moines Register survey. According to the poll conducted last Sept. 12-15, 73% of self-identified evangelicals see him as favorable, as well as 68% of rural voters. However, the survey identifies a big gender gap as 61% of men see Trump as favorable, while 52% of women see him as unfavorable. A large partisan gap also exists between Democrats and Republicans regarding this matter, while independents are split when it comes to their opinions about Trump.
The state of Iowa has once been known to be a key presidential battleground state, but the former president managed to win here by 9 points during the 2016 elections and by 8 points in the 2020 elections.
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While Trump enjoys high favorable ratings in Iowa, only 37% saw President Joe Biden as favorable in the same survey, while 61% see him as unfavorable. In contrast to Trump’s results, Biden’s current marks in the Des Moines Register polling are his worst marks ever.
Trump remains a popular and influential figure among Republicans in the U.S. With this, he has continued to play the role of kingmaker when it comes to the GOP primaries as he continues teasing the idea of running for 2024 to try and return to the White House.
According to a source close to Trump’s political orbit, the former president’s remarks in a new interview – in which he mentioned that if he runs again as head of state, the majority of other Republicans would choose to “drop out” and that he would definitely come out victorious against the one who challenges him – may be seen by many as some sort of warning shot.
The former president is still the front-runner in every early poll in the 2024 Republican nomination race for president. However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been rising up the ranks in the GOP standings in the past year and a half, primarily due to his push back against restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Trump said he doesn’t think he’ll face DeSantis when he was asked about this possibility. He said that he thinks most people who would go against him would drop out, including DeSantis.
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) October 3, 2021
However, he also added that if DeSantis did run, he would beat the Florida governor, just like everyone else.
According to Fox News, the same adviser close to the former president’s political orbit says he doesn’t think DeSantis would head to a primary and go against the president.
DeSantis may potentially have to face a challenging race for his reelection in 2022. However, he continues to fuel more 2024 speculations given his political trips to places outside Florida. On Tuesday, he was in New York state for a fundraiser while he continues to gather funds as he prepares for the 2022 reelection campaign.
Although, the Florida governor did push back against 2024 speculations last week. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, he said that he is not considering anything bigger than doing his job.
DeSantis also noticed that “a lot of stuff” is happening in Florida and that they are working on other things beyond the said reelection race.
Additionally, the source did not go against a Monday Washington Post article indicating that Trump’s top advisers had to convince the former president against announcing his 2024 bid in August, all while Biden’s ratings took a nosedive following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The source described the story as “over hyped,” but also “not “not an unfair representation of what happened,” also saying that the former president is “serious about looking at this stuff.”