More than eight in 10 Republicans say they are supporting former President Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for the 2024 Republican nomination for president or are willing to, according to a new poll.
The CNN poll released Wednesday, ahead of DeSantis’ official announcement, showed Trump with a significant lead over his current and potential opponents for the nomination, with the support of 53 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters. DeSantis ranks second with 26 percent, followed by former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley with 6 percent each and other possible options with 2 percent or less.
But the poll also showed Trump and DeSantis with far larger numbers of potential supporters than their current and potential opponents.
About 85 percent of those polled said they currently support or would consider supporting Trump or DeSantis. More than 30 percent said they don’t currently support Trump but are open to it, and nearly 60 percent said they don’t currently support DeSantis but would consider doing so.
The results come as DeSantis is set to announce his run for the White House on Wednesday after months of speculation that he would enter the race. Florida’s governor has consistently placed second in most polls of Republican primary voters.
The pollsters also found that at least a majority of respondents indicated they support or would potentially be willing to support Pence, Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.). Scott officially kicked off his presidential campaign on Monday.
About 60 percent said they support or would consider supporting Haley or Scott, while 54 percent said they support or would consider supporting Pence.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they are very or fairly satisfied with the current field of Republican candidates, while 27 percent said they are not very or not at all satisfied.
The poll was conducted May 17-20 among 1,227 adults, including 476 registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. The margin of error between Republican and Republican-leaning voters was plus or minus 5.8 points.
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