Donald Trump’s Lead Expands Over Ron DeSantis and GOP Field in Latest NBC News Poll

Trump Gains Support in National Poll


Former President Donald Trump’s popularity among Republicans has grown since his recent indictment on federal criminal charges, according to a new national NBC News poll. However, the survey also reveals that half of Republican primary voters are open to considering other leaders, providing an opportunity for a rival to capture the GOP nomination. Despite facing charges, Trump’s support remains strong, with signs of increasing popularity compared to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Republican contenders.

Concerns among Registered Voters

While Republican support for Trump remains high, concerns about him are evident among the general electorate. A majority of registered voters, including 55% of independent voters, have concerns about Trump after his indictment. In a hypothetical general-election matchup for 2024, President Joe Biden leads Trump by 4 points in the NBC News poll. Additionally, both Trump and Biden face concerns about their mental and physical health, as well as reservations about serving another four years as president.

Trump Leads in Republican Primary

Trump maintains a significant lead over his Republican presidential rivals in the poll. He is the first choice for 51% of national Republican primary voters, followed by DeSantis with 22%. Trump’s lead over DeSantis has grown since the previous NBC News poll in April. In a head-to-head matchup, Trump receives support from 60% of Republican primary voters compared to DeSantis’ 36%. While the federal charges against Trump do raise concerns among some voters, a majority of GOP primary voters believe they are politically motivated and continue to support him.

Support for Trump’s Leadership

Nearly half of Republican primary voters, 49%, believe that Trump should continue as the party’s leader. These voters overwhelmingly choose Trump as their first choice. Another 21% are open to considering other leaders while maintaining a positive view of Trump’s presidency, with DeSantis receiving significant support within this group as well. Meanwhile, 29% believe the GOP needs a new leader with better personal behavior and a different approach, and their support is spread among various candidates.

A Hypothetical Biden-Trump Rematch

The poll also tests a hypothetical general-election matchup between Biden and Trump for 2024. Biden leads Trump by 4 points, with advantages among key demographics such as women, younger voters, Latinos, and Black voters. However, Trump has an edge among white voters, men, whites without college degrees, and rural voters. In a matchup between Biden and DeSantis, the two men are tied at 47% each.

Concerns about Both Candidates

The poll reveals that majorities of registered voters have concerns about both Biden and Trump. Concerns about their mental and physical health have increased since the 2020 election. Additionally, a significant percentage of voters have reservations about either candidate serving another four years as president.

Other Findings in the Poll

  • Biden’s job approval rating among all registered voters remains relatively unchanged at 43% approve and 53% disapprove.
  • A combined 44% of registered voters would consider voting for a third-party or independent candidate if Biden and Trump were the main options. This is slightly lower than the figure from the 2016 election.
  • Looking ahead to the 2024 congressional elections, 48% of registered voters prefer Democrats in control of Congress, while 46% want Republicans in charge. This figure is consistent with previous polling.

The NBC News poll was conducted June 16-20 and included 1,000 registered voters, with an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points. Among the poll’s 500 Republican primary voters, the margin of error is plus-minus 4.38 percentage points.

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