Former US President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speak at midterm elections in Dayton, Ohio, US on November 7, 2022 and Tampa, Florida, US, on November 8, 2022 in a combination of file photos.
Gaelen Morse | Reuters
Former President Donald Trump would beat Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by a wide margin in a hypothetical 2024 Republican presidential primary, a new poll shows.
Trump received 55% of the support of Republican registered voters, while DeSantis, his potential rival for the White House nomination, received just 25%, according to the Emerson College poll.
That poll was conducted last week, shortly after Trump announced he would run for the White House in 2024.
On the Democratic side, President Joe Biden’s approval rating was just 39%, while 53% disapprove of the work he does, the Emerson poll found.
That is statistically the same result as the approval ratings for Biden in Emerson’s earlier national poll, conducted shortly before the November midterm elections.
And in a possible rematch of the 2020 election in 2024, Biden would beat Trump by a margin of 45% to 41%, the poll found.
If DeSantis were the 2024 GOP nominee, he would lose to Biden by the same margin, according to the poll, which showed the Democratic incumbent would receive 43% of the vote, compared to 39% for the governor.
When asked about their preference for their party’s 2024 nominee, Democrats responding to the poll overwhelmingly chose Biden over Vice President Kamala Harris. Overall, 42% of Democrats wanted Biden to be the nominee, compared to just 17% for Harris and 12% for Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.
According to Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, the Emerson Poll found that there is a notable education gap among Republican primary voters.
Voters with a high school diploma or less support Trump at 71%. Voters with a college degree, college or university degree support him at 53%.
Postgraduate Republican voters support Trump the least, at 32%.
The poll found the economy to be the top issue faced by both Democratic and Republican voters, followed by “threats to democracy,” immigration, abortion, health care, and crime, respectively.
In addition, 52% of voters believe Congress should continue to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters who disrupted Biden’s certification of the Electoral College victory.
Another 39% think Congress should drop that inquiry.
The survey was conducted between November 18 and 19 with a sample of 1,380 registered voters and a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.