Former President Donald Trump is positioning himself as a strong frontrunner for the 2024 Republican primary, according to a recent Iowa poll.
The poll, conducted by Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom, indicates that Trump enjoys a substantial lead over his closest rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), five months before the state’s primary Caucus Day.
The survey reveals that more than 2-to-1 of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa, a total of 42%, favor Donald Trump as their first choice for president in 2024. In contrast, Gov. Ron DeSantis garners support from 19% of respondents.
The poll’s results highlight Trump’s dominance among potential Iowa caucus participants. Notably, no other Republican candidate managed to secure more than single-digit support in the survey, which included 406 Republican caucus-goers and was conducted between August 13 and August 17.
President Trump himself shared his thoughts on the poll via his Truth Social platform, emphasizing his commanding lead and recounting his contributions to Iowa’s welfare. He cited accomplishments such as securing agricultural funding from China, trade agreements, and supporting key programs like Social Security and Medicare.
The Trump team, meanwhile, has been critical of Gov. DeSantis’s campaign strategy, accusing him of faltering to gain traction in Iowa. A spokesperson for the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement encouraged DeSantis to increase his engagement with Iowa voters to improve his polling numbers.
The Des Moines Register also noted an increase of 12% in Trump’s Iowa footprint following recent developments, including the Georgia indictment. The GOP Iowa caucus is scheduled for January 15, 2024, with Trump’s prospects looking favorable.
Donald Trump’s popularity among Iowa’s GOP voters has a well-established history. His engagement with Iowa’s political landscape, including appearances at the Iowa State Fair, has garnered significant support.
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