According to a new Zogby Analytics poll, former President Donald Trump has a double-digit lead in a hypothetical Gop primary campaign in 2024.
In the hypothetical primary battle, Trump leads Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) by double digits, 47 percent to 28 percent, according to the poll. However, the study found that DeSantis’ popularity has grown tremendously since May, when he received only 12% of the vote.
The poll revealed that Trump leads among the majority of the polled groups, including all regions, particularly the South (52%), urban voters (53%), younger voters aged 18-29 (58%), female voters (49%), non-college educated voters (53%), Hispanic voters (58%), Generation Z (62%), Millennial (56%) and Generation X voters (60%) while DeSantis has a two-point advantage among independent voters.
Former Vice President Mike Pence came in third with 8% support, while the remaining probable contenders received less than 5% support.
When Trump is removed from the equation, DeSantis has a substantial double-digit advantage with 48 percent support, followed by Pence with 21 percent.
The poll was conducted among 864 probable GOP primary voters between November 9 and 11, 2022.
Despite the fact that the poll shows DeSantis leading in a scenario in which Trump is not there, such scenario is unlikely to occur, given that Trump formally declared his 2024 presidential candidacy last month.
Trump portrayed the years under Biden as a “period of misery, sorrow, fear, and despair” as Americans grappled with rising costs and an inflow of illegal immigrants.
“We’re here tonight to say it doesn’t have to be this way,” Trump declared. “We were a great nation two years ago, and we will soon be a great nation again.”
“The decline that Biden and the extreme left lunatics are forcing on us is pushing us right here into the ground. This is not the fate we must accept. When offered a bold and clear option, I think the American people will reject the left’s route to national disaster and embrace our vision for national strength and glory,” he continued.
Meanwhile, DeSantis has showed no signs of running in 2024, but the fact that he has not explicitly denied the speculation has irritated Trump, who accused the Florida governor of “playing games.” DeSantis, on the other hand, has rejected concerns of a “civil war” between the two, declining to reply to Trump and instead telling reporters who questioned him that “people just need to chill out.”