Donald Trump continues to hold a commanding lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a new poll shows.
DeSantis has struggled to find traction against the former president. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that Trump leads DeSantis by a 47% to 19% margin. That marked an increase from June, when 43% of Republicans told pollsters that Trump would be their choice.
Former tech executive Vivek Ramaswamy stood at 9% in the poll, and former Vice President Mike Pence received 7% support. Ramaswamy’s support has tripled since June, when he only had 3% support. Ramaswamy could be benefiting from DeSantis’ stalled campaign.
Trump leads DeSantis by a 53.7% to 20.2% margin in the RealClearPolitics Average.
“A majority of the Republican Party’s expected electorate (53%) holds favorable views of Ramaswamy, in what’s his best rating by our popularity metric since he launched his campaign in late February,” Eli Yokely wrote in a blog for the Morning Consult polling firm. “Ramaswamy’s net favorability — the share of potential GOP primary voters with favorable views minus the share with unfavorable views — is higher than all candidates besides Trump and DeSantis.”
Biden Leads Trump in Head-to-Head Matchup
Biden leads Trump in a hypothetical matchup by a 37% to 35% margin. Another 28% indicated they did not know who they would vote for.
A Morning Consult poll showed Biden with 43%, compared to 41% for Trump. According to these numbers, DeSantis and Trump each would lose to Biden if the election were held today.
“These numbers may be best considered as a test of electability — a key issue in party primaries that carries all the more significance this time around given concerns about Trump’s baggage and whether the GOP should work to maintain Trump’s coalition or to try to expand its base,” Yokely wrote.
Trump and Biden are very unpopular outside of their respective parties. Thirty-one percent of independents have a favorable opinion of Trump, and 32% have a favorable opinion of Biden.
When it comes to Trump, most people already have their minds made up as to whether they like him or dislike him. Only 1% of voters told Morning Consult that they had no opinion of Trump, compared with 9% for DeSantis, and 12% for Ramaswamy.
DeSantis is the second choice of 40% of Trump voters, according to Morning Consult.
Democrats Look to Counter Concerns About Biden’s Age
Among Democrats, 63% said in the Reuters/Ipsos poll they thought that the 80-year-old president was too old for his office, while 37% said his age was not an issue. Biden is the hands-down favorite for the Democratic nomination and leads Robert F. Kennedy Jr. by a 63% to 15% margin.
Democrats such as former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 83, are trying to downplay Biden’s age.
“There is a lot of unfinished business, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. Again we are very fortunate that he is in that position. But again age is relative. I was in L.A. recently and I was talking with Norman Lear who is 100 going on 101 and he was talking about some new shows he was involved in,” Pelosi said. “They were like, 80s, he’s a kid.”
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.