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Trump still holds strong lead over DeSantis, Haley after indictments: poll

Former President Trump still maintains a strong lead in a hypothetical Republican primary election over his other current and potential Republican challengers following his indictment by a Manhattan grand jury.

A Yahoo News-YouGov poll conducted after the grand jury approved the indictment against Trump found the former president held a 31-point lead over his next closest potential GOP rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, with 52 percent of the vote. . DeSantis was second with 21 percent, followed by former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at 5 percent and former Vice President Mike Pence at 3 percent.

The rest of the current and potential candidates polled got 2 percent or less, while 11 percent said they weren’t sure.

In a head-to-head matchup, Trump leads DeSantis by 26 points, 57 percent to 31 percent, while 12 percent said they weren’t sure.

The elections were taken between Republican and Republican-leaning independents.

Yahoo reported that Trump had significantly widened his lead over DeSantis from a poll conducted less than two weeks ago, when the former president led DeSantis by only 8 points in a head-to-head matchup. . DeSantis leads Trump by 4 points in a February poll conducted by Yahoo and YouGov.

The most recent poll found that 54 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents would prefer Trump to be the Republican nominee in 2024, while only a third said they would prefer someone else. That number is three points higher than the 51 percent who said they preferred Trump in the previous poll.

But the poll found that the results are more divided or tilted against Trump when respondents beyond Republican voters are included.

On how people feel about Trump’s impeachment, 39 percent of adults said they are encouraged or satisfied by it, while 37 percent said they are dissatisfied or angered. Respondents were also divided on the motivation behind impeachment against Trump, with 43 percent saying they believe political bias is the primary motivation and 42 percent saying a genuine desire to hold Trump accountable is the driving force. Is.

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But a plurality of respondents said they believed Trump falsified business records to hide secret-money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, while 45 percent said so. Only 26 percent said they didn’t, while 29 percent said they weren’t sure.

In a hypothetical rematch with President Biden, Trump is 2 points behind Biden among registered voters, 45 percent for Biden to 43 percent for Trump.

The survey was conducted from March 30 to March 31 among 1,089 American adults. The margin of error was 3.3 points.

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