POLL: Trump Holds Staggering 60-Point Lead Over Nearest GOP Primary Rival

Even as a number of prominent Republicans – including a few former allies – now say that former President Donald Trump does not deserve another term in the White House, GOP voters seem to still be firmly on his side.

That was the takeaway of a recent straw poll at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, which found that nearly 79 percent of respondents preferred Trump in a hypothetical field of seven Republican presidential primary candidates.

In a distant second place was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who received 19 percent of the vote. From there, the rest of the field received support from 1 percent or less of those surveyed.

In addition to Trump and DeSantis, the poll included South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, and former Vice President Mike Pence.


Although there is mounting evidence that Trump plans to mount another White House bid ahead of the 2024 election, pollsters also asked attendees of the recent summit which Republican they would choose if the former president decides against a third presidential campaign.

DeSantis came out on top with support from nearly 9 in 10 respondents. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., came in second with about 6 percent of the vote. Rounding out the top five were Cruz, Noem, and Pompeo. The rest of the field included Pence, Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, each of whom received less than 1 percent.

The strong showing for Trump among young Republicans came even as the House Jan. 6 committee seeks to villainize the former president for his alleged role in last year’s riot on Capitol Hill.

Even the New York Post editorial board, which has generally been supportive of the Trump administration, took a decidedly antagonistic tone in a recent piece that argued he is unfit to serve as president.

“His only focus was to find any means – damn the consequences – to block the peaceful transfer of power,” the board wrote. “There is no other explanation, just as there is no defense, for his refusal to stop the violence.”

Such criticism has done little, if anything, to dampen support for Trump ahead of his announcement about his 2024 intentions. He received a raucous reception at the Turning Point USA event during a speech in which he teased a 2024 campaign and denounced the House committee investigating his involvement in the Jan. 6 protest.