Trump’s Support Among Republican Voters Dips, DeSantis Gains Ground in Poll

Former President Donald Trump’s support among Republican voters has dipped from 53% to 47% in the past month, according to a CNN poll of 1,350 registered voters.[0] Trump still leads the Republican field by a wide margin in the race for the party’s nomination for President, but the poll suggested that his support has declined, as have positive views of him among Republican and Republican-leaning voters. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis maintained steady support at 26% in the latest poll, with former Vice President Mike Pence at 9%, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley at 5%, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott at 4%, former New Jersey Gov.[1] Chris Christie at 3%, and the remaining candidates at 1% or less.[2] If Trump and President Joe Biden were to hypothetically compete in a general election, Biden would have a lead of 49% to Trump’s 45%. Conversely, if DeSantis were to run against Biden, both candidates would be tied with 47% of the vote.

Despite Trump’s federal indictment in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case, a combined total of 77% of GOP primary voters said the federal charges gave them either minor concerns (14%) or no real concerns (63%).[3] Moreover, only 26% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters believe that Trump should end his campaign in light of the federal charges, while an additional 16% suggest he should withdraw if convicted of federal crimes.[1] There are not many Republicans who wish to witness Trump being removed from the competition or disowned by his party as a reaction to the indictment.[2] A 54% majority of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say that Trump’s conduct doesn’t matter much to them as they consider his candidacy, because a President’s effectiveness matters more.[4]

The poll did reveal a near 50-50 split among Republicans on the question of whether Trump should remain the party’s standard-bearer.[5] Another 21% say it’s time to consider other leaders, even though they believe Trump was a good president.[6] A majority of these voters pick DeSantis as their first choice, yet Trump also gets support from 1 out of 5 in this group.[7] Another 29% say that the GOP needs a new leader with “better personal behavior” as well as a different approach from the former president.[8] These voters preferred DeSantis, Pence, Christie, and other candidates as their first choice for the GOP nomination.[8]

Trump now leads Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, currently his chief Republican rival, by 29 points, a near doubling of his lead in NBC’s April poll. DeSantis’s worsening numbers are one of the poll’s other major findings: 46% of all voters rated the Florida governor either “somewhat” (9%) or “very” (37%) negative, an increase of twenty points over the last year.[5] The poll indicates that in a primary battle, Trump would defeat DeSantis by a margin of 24 points.[5]

Recently, there has been a development where the Governor…[9] On Thursday, a poll revealed that Ron DeSantis (R – Florida) is making progress in the packed Republican presidential primary, catching up to former President Trump.[10] On Tuesday, a CNN survey revealed that among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, Trump is ahead of his closest challenger DeSantis by 21 points (47-26) in terms of support. In CNN’s May poll, the ex-president’s rating on the initial ballot inquiry declined by six points.[11] The June survey was carried out completely following Trump’s indictment in federal court last week.[11]

In the hypothetical rematch between Biden and Trump, Biden enjoys advantages among women (55%-38%), voters 18-34 (65%-30%), Latinos (66%-26%), and Black voters (73%-20%), as well as independents (47%-33%) and those who “somewhat” disapprove of Biden’s job as president (50%-39%). The poll was conducted among 1,350 U.S. adults in June, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.[12]

Overall, Trump’s support among Republican voters has declined in the past month, while DeSantis is gaining ground as a potential challenger.[13] However, Trump still leads the Republican field by a wide margin and has a significant portion of Republican voters who are not concerned about his federal indictment. Biden continues to lead in a hypothetical matchup against Trump, with advantages among key voter groups. The Republican primary field for the 2024 presidential election remains crowded, with a near 50-50 split among Republicans on whether Trump should remain the party’s standard-bearer.

0. “Trump Support Among GOP Voters Is Sinking Fast According To A New Poll” UPROXX, 20 Jun. 2023,

1. “Trump’s Republican support appears to soften post-indictment: Poll” IBTimes India, 21 Jun. 2023,

2. “CNN Poll: Trump’s GOP support appears to soften post-indictment, but he holds lead in primary field” kuna noticias y kuna radio, 20 Jun. 2023,

3. “Donald Trump widens lead over Republican rival despite legal woes, poll shows” Yahoo Canada Sports, 25 Jun. 2023,

4. “Trump’s Republican support appears to soften post-indictment: Poll” Newsroom Odisha, 21 Jun. 2023,

5. “Trump’s Support Among Republicans Increased After Criminal Indictments: Poll” Vanity Fair, 25 Jun. 2023,

6. “Trump lead grows following indictment, one factor continues to be thorn in Biden’s side with voters: poll” Yahoo Entertainment, 25 Jun. 2023,

7. “Trump’s GOP lead grows after latest indictment, poll finds” NBC News, 25 Jun. 2023,

8. “Trump expands lead over GOP field after indictment: poll” AOL, 25 Jun. 2023,

9. “DeSantis Gains Ground Against Trump In GOP Primary: Poll” Benzinga, 22 Jun. 2023,

10. “DeSantis gaining ground in GOP primary matchup against Trump” Colorado Springs Gazette, 22 Jun. 2023,

11. “Trump’s grip on the GOP nomination slips slightly as a new poll shows his legal struggles can hurt him” Business Insider, 20 Jun. 2023,

12. “Trump lead over GOP field slips after federal indictment: poll” Yahoo News, 20 Jun. 2023,

13. “Trump’s GOP support dips after Mar-a-Lago documents indictment” New York Daily News, 20 Jun. 2023,

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