As of Tuesday, Trump led the field of Republican candidates by more than 30 percentage points, according to the RealClear Politics average of polls. The 45th president had 52.3 percent support; while DeSantis garners 18 percent; former Vice President Mike Pence, 5.5 percent; businessman Vivek Ramaswamy 5.5 percent; former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, 3.5 percent; and U.S. Senator Tim Scott, 2.9 percent. Monmouth University released a poll Tuesday showing Trump ahead of DeSantis by 32 percentage points.
BREAKING: DESANTIS CAMPAIGN FIRES 38 AS POLLING COLLAPSES https://t.co/6FvZmCmhwM— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 25, 2023
In May, shortly before DeSantis officially announced his presidential bid, several polls showed him garnering 25 percent support among the primary electorate. A CNN poll conducted in March had the Florida governor beating Trump, 39 to 37 percent. Other polls showed the race between the two much closer than now. In a recent interview, Trump told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that he had not made a decision about whether he will participate in the GOP debate on August 23, which would be a venue for DeSantis to stand toe-to-toe with the former president to try to make inroads. “Well you know, it’s quite an easy question normally. Ronald Reagan didn’t do it and a lot of other people didn’t do it. When you have a big lead, you don’t do it,” Trump said. “We have a lead of 50 and 60 points in some cases,” he continued. “You’re leading people by 50 and 60 points, you say why would you be doing a debate? It’s actually not fair. Why would you let somebody that’s at zero or one or two or three be popping you with questions?” The Western Journal.
2024 National Republican Primary:Trump 54% (+32) DeSantis 22% Ramaswamy 5% Scott 3% Christie 3% Haley 3% Pence 3% Burgum 1% Johnson 1% Hutchinson 0% Suarez 0% Hurd 0% Elder 0% Laffey 0% Head-2-Head: Trump 55% (+20) DeSantis 35% .@MonmouthPoll, 681 RV, 7/12-19… pic.twitter.com/GmilxAp4pG — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) July 25, 2023