According to an internal Coefficient survey conducted by his team, former President Trump dominates the Republican primary field with 55% of the vote, increasing his lead over Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) by nine points in just two months.
The survey, which was done following Trump’s arrest last week, was initially acquired by Daily Mail and has him 42 points over opponent DeSantis, who is barely above single digits with just 13 percent. According to the Mail, in June, the two registered at 51% and 18%, respectively.
According to the Mail’s study, if Trump and DeSantis had a hypothetical face-off, the Florida governor would have a little advantage, rising to 21%, but would still fall well short of the front-runner, who still has a majority of 57 percent.
In the deeper field, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) comes in third with 5% of the vote, followed by 37-year-old businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
From there, nine percent of respondents chose Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), former Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), as well as former Vice President Mike Pence.
A Trump campaign official told Daily Mail that “President Trump is leading the Republican primary field while the attacks coming from Joe Biden’s Justice Dept. continue to backfire.”
The polling results are in line with previous national polls that indicate more than 50% of Americans support the 45th president. In this week’s Morning Consult survey, Trump received 59 percent of the vote, while DeSantis received only 16 percent. Trump had a ten-point advantage against DeSantis according to a YouGov/Economist survey from late last month, which showed him at 54 percent and was conducted two weeks earlier.
The current accusation against Trump, which claims he tried to tamper with election results, was also measured by the coefficient. Three out of four respondents claim the accusations are made to deflect attention away from President Biden along with his family members, whose financial dealings have come under close examination.
On August 5 and 6, a nationwide sample of 1,638 GOP primary participants was taken by Coefficient. A 2.4 percentage point error bar applies to the data.