Trump Maintains Lead in Republican Primary Race Despite Indictment, TIPP Poll Finds

According to the recent I&I/TIPP Poll, former President Donald Trump continues to have a strong lead in the Republican primary race. The poll, released on June 12, reveals that Trump has the support of 55% of Republican voters, giving him a significant 36-point margin over his closest competitor.

Despite only announcing his presidential bid a week ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trails far behind Trump with only 19% support. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who recently entered the race as well, sits in third place with just 7% support.

Other candidates, such as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Senator Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, have even lower levels of support ranging from 3% to 2%.

The survey was conducted from May 31 to June 2, 2023, involving 482 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, with a margin of error of +/- 4.6%.

However, it is important to note that this poll was conducted prior to Trump’s announcement of his indictment as part of special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into his handling of White House documents. The impact of this indictment on Trump’s poll numbers is uncertain, although previous indictments and arrests earlier this year actually resulted in a boost in his support.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has expressed doubts about the partisan nature of the indictment, citing similarities with the situations involving President Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The unfolding developments surrounding Trump’s indictment may have an influence on future poll results.

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