Republican support for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential run saw a significant decline in a recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll, with Republican voters moving away from Trump and toward Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The new poll of registered voters, released Tuesday, showed 65 percent of Republican and conservative-leaning independents want DeSantis to run in 2024. The poll, which was conducted among 1,000 registered voters, including 374 Republicans and conservative-leaning independents. In a poll of only Republican and conservative independents, pollsters found that 56 percent of respondents would prefer DeSantis while 33 percent would prefer Trump in a head-to-head matchup for the 2024 GOP nominee.
Tuesday’s poll results found that 31 percent of Republican and conservative independents preferred to see Trump run and continue the policies he’s been pursuing in office, while 61 percent of Republicans preferred to continue running with Trump’s policies but with a different candidate.
In their July poll, USA TODAY/Suffolk University pollsters held a seven-way tie between Trump, DeSantis, Rep. Liz Cheney, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Vice President Mike Pence, former ambassador to the ‘UN Nikki Haley and the former governor of New Jersey. Chris Christie. In that July 7 Republican poll, Trump had a plurality lead with 43 percent of the vote, while DeSantis was in second place with 34 percent.
In the latest head-to-head matchup for the 2024 Republican nomination between just Trump and DeSantis, 33% of Republican and conservative independents preferred Trump for the role while 56% preferred DeSantis.
While the pollsters found that only 46 percent of conservative respondents wanted Trump to run again in 2024, they also found that only 34 percent of liberal respondents wanted Democratic President Joe Biden to run again in 2024.
In a question to 1,000 registered voters of all political backgrounds, USA TODAY/Suffolk University pollsters found that in a matchup between Biden and Trump, 47% preferred Biden, 40% preferred Trump and the rest were undecided , I would choose someone else. , said they would not vote or refused to answer the question.
In a matchup between Biden and DeSantis, 43 percent said they preferred Biden, 47 percent said they preferred DeSantis, and the rest were undecided, would choose someone else, said they would not vote or declined to answer the question .
Other recent polls have indicated DeSantis is favored ahead of Trump in internal Republican contests. A recent poll note from the conservative Club For Growth also found that Republicans prefer DeSantis over Trump in Iowa, New Hampshire, Georgia and Florida. The Club For Growth note did not show survey data for any other states.
Trump has declared his 2024 presidential bid, while DeSantis has given little direct indication that he is running for president.