In the 2024 Republican poll, Donald Trump has the most support
Former President Donald Trump has the most support in Morning Consult’s latest 2024 Republican primary poll.
The latest poll shows that Trump dominates his rivals – some in potential, some in form – with a 53% majority choosing him as their first choice. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the only potential challenger in that range, but he’s trailing by 25 points with just 28% support.
Notably, the same poll shows Trump slightly ahead of President Joe Biden in the race by one percentage point.
Republican respondents were asked to give their opinion of each candidate – whether they liked him or not.
Trump has the highest approval rating of any candidate on the list, as 80% have a favorable opinion of him, compared to 19% who do not. Unlike the other candidates, Trump has the advantage of name recognition. For example, 66% liked DeSantis, while 11% said they had never heard of him. Another 14 percent have a negative opinion.
Fifty-nine percent also like former Vice President Mike Pence, but 30% disapprove of him – 11% more than Trump and 16% more than DeSantis.
Nikki Haley, who officially entered the presidential race last month, has a favorable view of him at 46%, compared to 13% who do not. However, 26% said they had never heard of it and 15% said they had but had no opinion.
Anti-revival businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who has jumped into the 2024 ring, seems to be struggling with name recognition, with the majority, 63%, saying they have never heard of him, while only 16% have a positive view of him.
According to Morning Consult:
Like Haley before her, Ramaswamy seems to be on a sugar high after her campaign announcement. In one week, the share of voters who said they had never heard of Ramaswamy rose from 44% to 63%, indicating that his initial impression of the GOP electorate was very low.
Former MP Liz Cheney sees the biggest drop in ratings of any candidate on the list; 46 percent have a negative opinion.
Meanwhile, several other potential candidates appear to be trying to advance, including South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; 51% have never heard of Noem, and one in five people, 21%, have never heard of Pompeo.
The poll was conducted March 2-5, 2023 among 789 potential Republican primary voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4%.
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