Trump nearly 40 points ahead of DeSantis: poll

Biden's approval rating stood at 41%, while 56% disapproved of his handling of the job.

Published: May 25, 2023 4:37pm

Former President Donald Trump enjoys a commanding lead in the Republican primary field, outperforming his closest rival, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, by nearly 40 points in a recent survey.

Trump earned the support of 54% of Republican primary voters in a recent McLaughlin & Associates poll, which the Iowa Star first reported. DeSantis trailed as a distant second with 16% support while former Vice President Mike Pence took 7% and tech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy placed took 4%. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley took 3% while South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott claimed 2% support.

Of those, Pence remains the only potential candidate not to have officially declared his candidacy.

In a one-on-one matchup, 69% backed Trump compared to 30% who broke for DeSantis. The Florida governor officially launched his campaign on Wednesday, though the much-hyped Twitter Spaces event with CEO Elon Musk suffered from considerable technical difficulties.

The survey also showed Trump with a modest lead over President Joe Biden in the general election, with 47% of respondents indicating they would support the former president compared to 43% who would back the current commander-in-chief.

Biden's approval rating stood at 41%, while 56% disapproved of his handling of the job.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

The Facts Inside Our Reporter's Notebook

Unlock unlimited access

  • No Ads Within Stories
  • No Autoplay Videos
  • VIP access to exclusive Just the News newsmaker events hosted by John Solomon and his team.
  • Support the investigative reporting and honest news presentation you've come to enjoy from Just the News.
  • Just the News Spotlight

    Support Just the News