A recent survey conducted by YouGov/Yahoo! News has shed light on the prominent position of former President Donald Trump in the Republican primary race. The survey asked Republicans and those leaning Republican about their preference for the party’s nominee, with 49 percent expressing their desire to see Trump as the nominee. On the other hand, 43 percent were inclined towards another candidate.
Interesting Voter Preferences
Interestingly, Trump seems to have a slight advantage among independent-leaning Republicans, with 48 percent of them favoring him for the nomination, while 43 percent preferred someone else. Among solely Republican voters, a majority of 52 percent showed their support for Trump as the 2024 nominee.
Competition in the Field
When it comes to the broader field of candidates, Trump is the clear frontrunner with a significant lead, holding a 25-point advantage. He garners 48 percent support compared to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s 23 percent. The remaining candidates trail significantly, with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott securing four percent, and other contenders like former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy each holding three percent. Others, such as North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, managed only one percent or even less. A segment of the surveyed group, 12 percent to be exact, remains undecided.
Direct Matchup: Trump vs. DeSantis
In a direct contest between Trump and DeSantis, the former President emerges as the preferred choice with 54 percent, while DeSantis secures 33 percent.
Survey Timing and Details
The survey, which included 1,638 U.S. adults, was conducted from July 13-17, 2023. It’s important to note that the results were obtained before Trump’s announcement regarding his involvement in the January 6 investigation. Trump recently revealed on his social platform, Truth Social, about a letter he received from the prosecutor associated with Joe Biden’s Department of Justice. The letter mentioned Trump as the target of the January 6 Grand Jury investigation and outlined a strict timeline of four days for him to appear before the Grand Jury. According to Trump, this suggests an impending arrest and indictment.