Trump Dominates GOP Polls While DeSantis Tanks In Popularity

According to the latest Harvard poll forum, a significant majority of Republican primary voters continue to stand firmly behind former President Donald Trump. With an impressive 52% of support, Trump holds a commanding lead, surpassing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by a remarkable 40 points.

However, the race for the second-place spot is heating up, as DeSantis finds himself in a virtual tie with Vivek Ramaswamy, both receiving 12% and 10% support, respectively.

In the poll conducted on 2,068 registered voters between July 19 and 20, Vice President Mike Pence comes in as the next closest candidate, securing 7% of the vote. 

Following closely behind are familiar names in the Republican landscape, such as sole female candidate in the mix Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. 

However, none of these candidates managed to surpass the five percent mark in the poll.

Despite the fervor surrounding the race, a significant 8% of Republican primary voters remain undecided. As the primary season progresses, their support could sway the dynamics significantly.

In a hypothetical two-man race between Trump and DeSantis, the former president’s popularity soars even higher, reaching a staggering 63%. DeSantis, while still commanding a respectable 37%, faces a significant gap in support when pitted against Trump.

The poll’s results indicate a clear preference among conservative voters for the return of Donald Trump to the political forefront. 

In intriguing hypothetical matchups against Democratic figures, Trump outperforms President Joe Biden in a 2020 rematch with a five-point lead, earning 45% compared to Biden’s 40%. Trump’s margin widens against Vice President Kamala Harris, where he leads with 51% against Harris’s 38%.

DeSantis’ performance was not as great as Trump’s when he was virtually tied in hypothetical matchups against Biden and Harris. The governor polled at 41% versus Biden’s 40%, and at 41% against Harris’s 39%.

The polling outcome is further testimony to how DeSantis has been sinking in the polls as he experiences shake-ups within his campaign. Last week, the campaign had to let go of 10 staffers as it struggles with meeting its fundraising goals.

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