As the world watches former President Donald Trump appear in a Manhattan court this week, voters are brewing. A new poll conducted after the indictment of Donald Trump found that in a head-to-head primary battle with Ron DeSantis, the former president leads the governor by 33 points. That number is significantly up from just 12 points back in January.
McLaughlin & Associates polled 1,000 likely primary voters following news reports that Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg “planned on indicting the former president for falsifying business records related to a hush-money payment made to a porn star ahead of the 2016 election. Trump will be arraigned on those charges at a courthouse in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon” writes National Review.
In a 2024 general election pitting Trump against President Joe Biden, the former president currently enjoys a four-point margin, a number that “is virtually unchanged from our March 2023 survey,” McLaughlin added.
47 percent believe Trump will not get a fair trial. “McLaughlin found that among the remaining 12 potential Republican nominees, Former vice-president Mike Pence garnered only 6 percent support and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley a scant 4 percent. No other candidate broke the 2 percent threshold.”
The results were virtually identical to a Quinnipiac poll released in mid-March showing that long-shot candidates including former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson and tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy failed to even breach the 2 percent bar. National figures who have yet to announce their intentions to run, including Senator Ted Cruz (R., Tex.,) and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, also struggled.
The Quinnipiac poll echoed McLaughlin’s findings that in a one-on-one contest for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump would edge out DeSantis 51 to 40 percent amongst primary voters.
“DeSantis might be the buzz in the GOP conversation, but for now Trump is seeing no erosion and, in fact, enjoys a bump in his lead in the Republican primary,” Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy noted in an official statement following publication of the survey.
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Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
“And those people… make their way up and they end up in the Eagle Pass [Texas], Del Rio area,” he continued. “So if you want to disincentivize them, you remove them from the country, which is why they remain in Mexico policy was so doggone effective at slowing down illegal border crossings.”
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