Former President Donald Trump leads former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who officially announced her 2024 presidential run Tuesday, by double digits in a head-to-head Republican primary contest, according to a new YouGov America/Yahoo News poll.
According to the poll, a majority of Republicans, 48 percent, support Haley’s candidacy for president, while one in five, 22 percent, oppose it. Another 30 percent remain unsure.
When asked to choose between Haley and Trump, the majority of Republicans, 54%, said they would go with Trump. Haley trails by 27% among Republicans. Trump also holds a 17% lead among Republican-leaning independents as well, 48% to Haley’s 31%.
The study was conducted among 1,585 U.S. adults between February 2 to 6, 2023.
Haley formally declared her presidential run in a social media video on Tuesday, pushing for “revolution.”
“My name is Nikki Haley, and I am running for President,” she stated, emphasizing her heritage as the daughter of Indian immigrants.
“I was born and reared in South Carolina. As a result, I’ve witnessed the finest of our country. The people of this town voted out the old, stale political system and wanted responsibility for their tax dollars. Industry headlines nicknamed us the ‘Beast of the Southeast,’ which I enjoy. People came by the thousands for fresh starts. The parents lifted their heads high. Children learnt that it was always a great day in South Carolina,” she claimed, adding that Republicans had “lost the popular vote in seven out of the previous eight presidential elections. This must change.”
“It’s time for a new generation of leaders to rediscover budgetary prudence, safeguard our border, and enhance our country’s pride and purpose,” she said.
Notably, Haley promised in 2021 not to run against Trump if he decided to run.
“If President Trump ran, I would not run, and I would talk to him about it,” she stated at the time. “That’s something we’ll talk about at some point if that is a choice that must be made.”
According to sources, she spoke with Trump, who told her, “Look, you know, just go by your heart if you’d like to run.”
“She phoned and said she’d like to think about it, and I told her she should do it,” Trump said.