Trump clear front runner in GOP primary, tops Biden in general matchup: poll
76% of the Republican electorate held a favorable view of Trump, compared to 67% for DeSantis.
Former President Donald Trump has surged to a 38-point lead over nearest challenger Ron DeSantis in his bid for the Republican nomination in 2024.
Trump earned the support of 57% GOP primary voters in the latest Morning Consult poll. The Florida governor claimed 19% support while no other candidate cleared double digits. Former Vice President Mike Pence took 7% support while tech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy took fourth place with 6%.
Voters still appear to generally view the election as a Trump-DeSantis contest, with pluralities of both candidate's supporters indicating the other was their second choice.
Both candidates enjoyed high favorability ratings within the party. 76% of the Republican electorate held a favorable view of Trump, compared to 67% for DeSantis.
Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Christie was far and away the least favorable candidate in the eyes of the party, with 46% holding a negative view of him. That figure was 23% for Trump and 21% for DeSantis.
Against President Joe Biden, Trump appears to hold an electability edge over the Florida governor. Trump led Biden 44% to 41% while DeSantis trailed the incumbent president 40% to 42%. That result somewhat undercuts a key talking point of the DeSantis campaign as the Florida governor has insisted he will outperform Trump in the general election.
Conducted June 23-25, the survey questioned 6,000 registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 1%.
Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.