Former President Donald Trump continues to dominate the field of potential Republican challengers, both in a hypothetical group scenario and in head-to-head matchups, according to a recent survey conducted by Yahoo News/YouGov.
In the survey, Trump not only held a commanding lead over other Republican contenders like Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Asa Hutchinson by 28 points, but he also outperformed them individually in head-to-head matchups.
When pitted against DeSantis, Trump enjoyed a 24-point lead, with 55 percent of Republican voters supporting him compared to DeSantis’ 31 percent.
Trump’s lead expanded even further when facing Scott, who recently entered the presidential race. He secured an impressive 69 percent of the vote, leaving Scott far behind at just 18 percent.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is anticipated to launch his own presidential bid in Iowa, faced a significant deficit against Trump, earning only 16 percent support compared to Trump’s commanding 73 percent.
Haley didn’t fare much better, garnering 18 percent support among Republicans compared to Trump’s formidable 70 percent.
Likewise, Chris Christie, rumored to announce his own presidential bid, trailed Trump by a staggering 67 points, mustering just ten percent support against Trump’s strong 77 percent.
The survey also explored a potential matchup between Trump and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, finding Trump ahead by a whopping 62 points.
Significantly, no other candidate even came close to challenging the former president’s dominance in the group survey. DeSantis trailed by 28 points, receiving 25 percent support compared to Trump’s commanding 53 percent. Other candidates struggled to gain even three percent support.
The survey was conducted between May 25 and 30, 2023, among 1,520 U.S. adults. It comes ahead of the expected announcements by Mike Pence and Chris Christie, who are both set to join the presidential race next week.
These results demonstrate the enduring popularity and influence of Donald Trump within the Republican Party, showcasing his ability to maintain a strong lead over potential challengers. His strong support base and widespread appeal among Republican voters continue to solidify his position as a frontrunner in the race for the party’s nomination.