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New polls show Trump bump, widening lead over DeSantis with GOP voters

Trump is ahead of DeSantis in four polls.

Published: March 1, 2023 9:51am

Updated: March 1, 2023 11:20am

Former President Donald Trump is gaining support from Republican voters and widening his lead over potential 2024 candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, according to four new polls.

Trump received 55% of the hypothetical 2024 GOP primary vote, more than twice that of DeSantis, who received 25%, according to an Emerson College poll released Tuesday. A poll from Emerson last month showed that Trump led DeSantis 55%-29%.

The latest Emerson poll also showed that Trump would beat President Joe Biden in the 2024 general election at 46% to 42%. DeSantis would lose to Biden by 4%.

A Yahoo News/YouGov poll Tuesday showed that Trump leads DeSantis 47% to 39%, a major surge compared to the outlet's surveys over the past three months that showed Trump trailing DeSantis.

Trump also surged over Biden in the hypothetical 2024 election. Earlier this month, Biden led Trump 47%-41%. Now, Trump is ahead of Biden 45%-43%, which is still within the margin of error, but a massive jump.

Echelon Insights, a Republican polling firm, found in a poll released Sunday that Trump would lead DeSantis 46%-31%, up from Trump's 2-point lead over DeSantis in January.

Meanwhile, a Fox News poll projects Trump beating DeSantis 43% to 28%. 

The Emerson poll was conducted Feb. 24-25 with 1,060 U.S. voters and has a 2.9% margin of error.

The Yahoo News/YouGov poll was conducted Feb. 23-27 with 1,516 U.S. adults and has a 2.7% margin of error.

The Echelon Insights poll was performed on Feb. 23 and consisted of 413 likely voters. The margin of error was not immediately clear.

The Fox poll was conducted Feb. 19-22 under what it called "the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R)" with 1,006 registered voters. The margin of error was not immediately clear.

DeSantis has not declared his candidacy, but Trump has repeatedly criticized the Florida governor, calling him "Ron DeSanctimonious."

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