Trump Holds Large Primary Lead Following Debate

Former President Donald Trump holds a large lead over his Republican 2024 rivals according to a number of polls taken after the first official GOP debate in Wisconsin last month. The polls indicate that Trump may be consolidating support as the party moves towards its first nominating contests early next year.

An Economist/YouGov poll found that Trump held the majority of prospective Republican voters, holding 51%. Next was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who registered 14%.

The only other candidate with significant support was businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who held a 5% position.

Other candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) each registered less than 5% support. Several, including former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and current North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R), polled at 0%.

Furthermore, the same poll found that Trump would best President Joe Biden next year. Trump talled 44% in the poll and Biden brought in 43%.

Trump has also shown significant resilience in national polling against Biden. The president’s position among a number of demographic groups, including Black voters, has deteriorated.

In addition, another recent poll found Trump with a major lead over his Republican primary opponents.

According to a Wall Street Journal poll published over the weekend, Trump was supported by 59% of Republicans, with 13% supporting DeSantis.

In this poll, Haley reached 8%, while Ramaswamy registered 5%. No other candidate received significant support.

The same poll placed both Trump and Biden at the same level of support, at 46% each. Should third-party candidates run in 2024, Trump would lead such a race. The poll found that Trump received 40% in such a scenario and Biden earned 39%.

Trump was also buoyed by the recent indictments against him. According to 48% of Republicans, they were more likely to support the former president due to the legal action, while 16% said that they were less likely.

Among primary voters, 60% said that the charges against Trump were politically motivated.