Former US President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speak at campaign rallies in Dayton, Ohio, US on November 7, 2022 and Tampa, Florida, US on November 8, 2022 in a combination photo.
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Trump won 55% of the registered Republican vote, while DeSantis, his potential rival for the White House nomination, only got 25%. an Emerson College survey found.
The poll was conducted last week following Trump’s announcement that he would run for the White House in two years.
On the Democratic side, the president Joe BidenAccording to the poll, his approval rating was just 39%, while 53% disapproved of the job he was doing.
That’s statistically the same result as Biden’s approval rating in a previous national poll by Emerson conducted shortly before November’s midterm elections.
And in a potential rematch of the 2020 election in 2024, Biden would beat Trump 45% to 41%, the poll found.
“To all the RINOS, Never Trumpers, Radical Left Democrats and of course the Fake News media, enjoy this latest poll from the highly respected Emerson College,” Trump said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m sure you’ll be thrilled!”
If DeSantis were the 2024 GOP nominee, he would lose to Biden by the same margin, according to a poll that found the Democratic incumbent would receive 43% of the vote, compared to 39% for the governor.
When asked how they preferred their party’s nominee in 2024, Democrats who responded to the poll overwhelmingly chose Biden over Vice President Kamala Harris. A total of 42% of Democrats wanted Biden to be the nominee, compared to just 17% for Harris and 12% for Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont.
According to Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, the survey noted that there is an education gap among Republican primary voters.
Voters with a high school education or less support Trump at 71%. Voters with a university degree, some college or an associate’s degree support him by 53%.
Republican voters with graduate degrees support Trump the least, at 32%.
Among other findings, both Democratic and Republican respondents saw the economy as the most important issue, followed by threats to democracy, immigration, abortion, health care and crime.
Additionally, 52% of voters believe Congress should continue investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots that sparked mobs of Trump supporters who disrupted the certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory, with 39% saying Congress should drop the investigation.
The poll was conducted between November 18 and 19 on a sample of 1,380 registered voters with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.