Former President Donald Trump holds a 30-point lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a multi-candidate ballot in News Hampshire, according to the latest National Research Inc. survey of 500 likely New Hampshire Republican Primary voters.
Senator Tim Scott and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are tied for third place at 8 percent each.
Governor DeSantis’ numbers have trended downward over the spring and summer, starting at 18 percent in May to 11 percent in late July. Trump has held relatively steady, clocking in at 41 percent in late July, while Scott and Christie are both within striking distance of second place. A full 15 percent of likely New Hampshire Republican Primary voters are still undecided.
Voters who are favorable toward the governor say they prefer Trump, 49 percent to 16 percent. Among voters who give both Trump and DeSantis a favorable rating, Trump leads 61 percent to 13 percent. Among the voters who have seen recent television ads critical of Trump, the former President leads DeSantis by 34-points.
The survey also shows that Trump enjoys a 23-point advantage over DeSantis on empathy toward Republican voters and a 14-point advantage on the “best chance of beating Joe Biden.”
Trump also leads DeSantis as the “best candidate to improve our economy (55 percent to 10 percent)” and as “the strongest candidate to oppose far-left progressives (44 percent to 19 percent).”
This National Research Inc. survey of 500 likely New Hampshire Republican Primary voters was conducted on July 25-26, 2023 with a margin of error of +/- 4.38% at the 95 percent confidence interval. The survey was commissioned by American Greatness.