In a hypothetical match-up for the Republican Presidential Nomination in New Hampshire, according to a New Hampshire/Granite State Poll announced this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) leads former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis leads Trump with 39% to 37% — a statistical tie — among the GOP primary voters, according to the poll. DeSantis also edges out Biden by a 1% point in a head-to-head competition against Pres. Biden, according to the survey.
The poll found that the amount of support for DeSantis has “more than doubled” in the state of New Hampshire since October.
That’s despite the fact that he has been making a lot of national news lately, as indicated by his efforts to combat woke gender ideology in our schools via the Parental Rights in Education legislation and resisting mandatory vaccines.
In fact, in October, a plurality of 43 percent picked Trump as their preferred candidate, followed by DeSantis at 18 percent and no other potential candidate receiving significant support.
“Trump’s decline in pre-primary polling is only a part of the normal routine,” Andrew Smith from the UNH Survey Center stated.
“The primary losing candidate in the previous election is generally the most well-known individual in the tenor party. As the primary approaches, new candidates show up and attract increased media attention, resulting in greater voter awareness.”
They were also given the option of selecting the candidate that is their their second-choice, and DeSantis received 30% backing, Trump received (24%), former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley (7%), and Texas Senator Ted Cruz (5%).
In the end, DeSantis and Trump are “significantly more popular among likely GOP primary voters than the Granite Staters in general,” according to a poll. DeSantis has a +66 net favorability, while Trump scores +46. Furthermore, 65 percent of Republican primary voters feel that “the leaders of the GOP should follow Trump’s leadership moving forward.”
The poll was conducted on June 16 and 20, 2022, among 944 Granite State Panel members, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.