Donald Trump leads Ron DeSantis by nearly 40 percentage points in the race. For the Republican presidential nomination even after refusing to debate the governor of Florida and other contenders. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that closed Friday Aug. 25 2023.
The survey found that half of Republican respondents who took part in the party’s first debate Wednesday. Were more open to DeSantis’ candidacy — good news for a campaign. That has relied on the event to raise its profile after a summer poll dip.
But the results showed DeSantis remained in second place with 13% support from Republicans while Trump, the former president, got 52%, slightly higher than the 47% he received in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in early August.
The poll, which spanned two days, solicited online responses from 1,004 U.S. adults, including 347 Republicans nationwide, and had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of about 6 percentage points for Republicans.
DeSantis and seven other Republican candidates took part in the debate in Milwaukee. While a tape of Trump interview with conservative commentator. Tucker Carlson was posted simultaneously on X. Formerly known as Twitter, aimed at capturing viewers attention.
Prior to the debate. Trump said he saw no political advantage in taking part in this election given his huge lead in the polls. Even though he was indicted in four separate criminal cases. The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll appear to prove this.
Although DeSantis took center stage in the debate, for much of the two-hour event he was overshadowed by tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who has clashed with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and other candidates.
However, about half of Republican respondents said they were more likely to support DeSantis based on what they heard about the debate.
However, many have not been warm enough to Ramaswamy and Haley to say they are now standing by their bid. Only 5% of Republicans said they outright supported Ramaswamy while only 4% supported Haley, the same number as they had prior to the debate.
More open Former Vice President Mike Pence had 6% support from Republicans
but only one in five Republicans who took part in the debate. Said they were now more open to supporting him.
About 59% of Republicans surveyed followed the debate, with 19% saying they watched it live and the remainder saying they had watched some clips or seen news coverage of the debate. Forty-one percent said they had not seen or heard anything about it.
In a hypothetical battle between President Joe Biden. a Democrat, and Trump. A larger group of respondents. Including both Democrats and independents. were ask who they would vote for “if the presidential election were today.”
Trump got 38% of the vote and Biden got 32%. The rest said they were not sure, would not vote, or would choose someone else.
On Thursday a photo of Trump face was release after he was jail in Atlanta. On more than a dozen felony charges as part of a wide. Ranging criminal case stemming from his efforts to reverse his 2020 election loss in Georgia.
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