Former President Donald Trump remains the clear favorite among New Hampshire Republicans should he choose to run again, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Close to half of likely primary voters polled — 47 percent — say they’d back Trump over other prominent Republicans, according to the University of New Hampshire’s Granite State Poll.
That’s more than double the support than that of the next closest potential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 19 percent, and it dwarfs that of several former members of Trump’s administration. Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations for two years, was favored by 6 percent of respondents, topping former Vice President Mike Pence (5 percent) and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (0).
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) each polled at 2 percent or lower, as did South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. Notably, Pence was the only one who did not have a positive net favorability among the likely primary voters, further evidence that Republicans have soured on him in the aftermath of the events of Jan. 6.
Nine percent of respondents said their top choice was someone other than those named by the pollsters, and 10 percent said they had not made up their mind. The poll surveyed 770 likely Republican primary voters between July 15-19 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
The New Hampshire findings largely track with other early polling of the 2024 Republican landscape, with the former president lapping the field and DeSantis standing a cut above if Trump is taken out of the picture.
Nearly 70 percent of the New Hampshire Republicans surveyed said they want Trump to run again in 2024. That enthusiasm was not shared by those outside the GOP; the poll found that just 18 percent of independents and 1 percent of Democrats who were also surveyed as part of the poll supported another Trump bid.
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