A Monmouth University survey showed that former President Donald Trump had managed to gain a significant lead in the polls for the preferred 2024 presidential GOP nominee.
According to the new survey, 41% of Republican-identifying or leaning voters stated that Trump would be the candidate that they would prefer to see as the GOP nominee in 2024. On the other hand, only 27% expressed the same sentiment for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
However, these statistics slightly changed when the two men were placed in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup. If the two were to go directly against each other, 47% of Republicans would support Trump while 46% would support DeSantis.
This poll comes at a time when it is widely speculated that Trump is going to be facing indictment and possible arrest in connection to his role in the hush money payments made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The payment was made in exchange for Daniels’s silence regarding an alleged affair that she had with Trump years before. Trump has repeatedly denied the affair.
On Saturday, he took to his social media platform Truth Social, where he claimed that he expected to be arrested in connection to this case. However, his lawyer Joe Tacopina has since claimed that they don’t expect a possible arrest this week.
The poll was answered by 521 registered voters who “identify with or lean toward the Republican Party” between March 16th and 20th.