Trump Maintains Lead in 2024 GOP Primary Polls Over DeSantis, Haley, and Pence

Former President Donald Trump has extended his lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll forecasting the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.[0] According to the survey, Trump had 46% support among Republican and Republican-leaning voters, while DeSantis had 32%.[0] Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence both locked in 6% of the vote, while every other listed potential candidate including South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin received under 2% support.[1]

Back in November, according to the same surveyor, DeSantis had a 43% approval rating and was ahead of Trump by 11 points.[2] In July of 2022, Trump held a 19-point lead over DeSantis in the same survey, which represented the peak of the increase.[2]

Trump has been increasingly aggressive in attacking DeSantis as the Florida governor inches toward a presidential campaign, posing potentially the biggest threat to date to Trump’s bid for the GOP’s 2024 nomination.[3] Last week, the former president told reporters aboard his personal plane that he “maybe” regretted endorsing DeSantis in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election.[4] Later in the evening, he used a speech in Iowa to take several potshots at DeSantis, accusing him of wanting to “decimate” Social Security and comparing him to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee.[5]

Fox News recently complimented Trump for not “having lunch with white supremacists” since November, an apparent reference to DeSantis’ meeting with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in February.[6]

In a hypothetical match-up for president, President Joe Biden leads over Trump 49 – 45% amongst all registered voters, the Quinnipiac University poll states.[7] In a hypothetical contest between Biden and DeSantis, Biden only has a 1-point advantage, at 47% to DeSantis’ 46%.[7]

Meanwhile, former Vice President Mike Pence has emerged as one of the more outspoken Republicans about Trump, offering his strongest public rebuke yet of his ex-boss’s rhetoric and actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn his 2020 election loss.[8]

This survey, which was conducted from March 9-13 and included 1,795 adults, has a margin of error of ±2.3%.[1]

0. “Trump Extends Significant Lead Over DeSantis In New GOP Poll | News Radio 1200 WOAI” iHeart, 16 Mar. 2023,

1. “2024 poll: Trump and DeSantis neck and neck among Republican voters for GOP nomination, economy top issue” Fox News, 14 Mar. 2023,

2. “Ron DeSantis slides in 2024 Texas Primary poll” Florida Politics, 16 Mar. 2023,

3. “In surprise, Trump goes after DeSantis on policy” The Hill, 15 Mar. 2023,

4. “Trump and DeSantis Neck and Neck in Biden Matchup: Poll” Newsweek, 15 Mar. 2023,

5. “Nastiest primary yet? Trump raises question with DeSantis attack” The Hill, 14 Mar. 2023,

6. “Donald Trump finally gets a second wind, tearing into Ron DeSantis like it’s 2015 (video)” Boing Boing, 14 Mar. 2023,

7. “Trump widens lead in 2024 primary race: Quinnipiac poll” Yahoo News, 15 Mar. 2023,

8. “Trump views DeSantis as strongest GOP challenger in 2024” Ponca City News, 15 Mar. 2023,

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