The recent polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina reveal that former President Donald Trump continues to maintain a strong lead in the GOP primary race, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has experienced a decline in support. Trump’s dominance in these early states demonstrates his continued popularity among Republican voters.
In South Carolina, the Fox Business poll conducted from July 15 to July 19 shows Trump with a significant 48 percent support, 34 points ahead of former Gov. Nikki Haley, who comes in second at 14 percent. DeSantis is now in third place with 13 percent support, closely followed by Sen. Tim Scott at 10 percent. Trump’s commanding lead in the first-in-the-south primary state reflects his continued status as the dominant force in the race.
In Iowa, another Fox Business poll conducted from July 15 to July 19 puts Trump at 46 percent, a 30-point lead over DeSantis, who stands at just 16 percent. Scott has gained momentum in Iowa, with 11 percent support, while other candidates like Vivek Ramasawamy, Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, and governors Doug Burgum and Chris Christie are also gaining some traction.
In New Hampshire, Trump remains ahead with 42 percent support in a Daily Mail poll conducted by JL Partners. DeSantis follows with 15 percent, while Scott and Christie have surged to eight percent each. This surge for Scott and Christie may impact DeSantis’s chances of creating a direct contrast with Trump in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Overall, these polls show that Trump continues to be the dominant frontrunner in the GOP primary, while other candidates, including DeSantis, are facing challenges in catching up to his popularity. The data suggests that Trump’s presence in the race looms large, and there is a scramble among the other candidates to position themselves as the non-Trump alternative. As the primary season progresses, it will be essential for candidates to establish their distinct positions and build support among Republican voters to challenge Trump’s overwhelming lead.