As Challengers Struggle, Trump Sprints to Big Lead In Early Primary State
Although the rest of the 2024 GOP field fails to make any progress at all, former President Donald Trump has increased his advantage in a significant early primary state.
According to Fox Business, Trump won South Carolina by 10 points in 2016 but anticipates outpacing that margin this time around.
Trump had a huge 34-point lead in the Palmetto State according to a recent poll by the site. Also, more than 50 percent of respondents said they thought he would be the best contender to unseat President Joe Biden.
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Fox Business noted further:
The new poll, released Sunday, finds almost half of South Carolina likely Republican primary voters backing Trump in the 2024 primary contest (48%). That number is slightly larger (51%) among those who say they will definitely vote in the February 24 primary.
Lagging far behind is former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at 14%, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 13%, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott at 10%. No other candidate reaches double-digit support
“Even though it’s still early, Trump is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in this race,” Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducted the Fox Business poll along with Democrat Chris Anderson, said in describing the results. “The initial challenge is to see who can become the non-Trump candidate, and in South Carolina, that’s currently a three-way race among DeSantis, Haley, and Scott.”
Fox Business added that, among various groups, Trump’s strongest support is seen among those identifying as very conservative (57%), voters under the age of 45 (55%), voters without a college degree (53%), rural voters (52%), and White evangelicals (51%).
When Trump supporters were asked about their second choice, the majority selected DeSantis (33%), followed by Scott (17%) and Haley (15%). DeSantis backers chose Trump as their second choice (38%), followed by Scott (29%) and Haley (19%). Among Haley supporters, Scott emerged as the top second choice (38%).
“Still, Trump leads among both groups (electability vs. shares views) by more than 40 points,” the outlet noted.
As the 2024 election cycle gets under way, a new survey contains a lot of bad news for the Democratic Party and its front-runner, President Joseph Biden.
A majority of Americans rank Democrats’ pet topics like abortion and the environment far down the list of what is most important, according to a new Newsweek tracker poll that the publication released this week.
The economy remains, by far, the most important issue, with 60% of respondents to the survey, which was conducted on July 15 and 16 among 1,500 eligible voters. This is at a time when gas prices are rising again, food prices are high, interest rates have skyrocketed leading to significantly higher mortgage and auto loan costs, and an increasing number of Americans have seen their purchasing power decline under President Biden.
“Most voters—48 percent—said they were worse off now than they were three years ago. A further 29 percent said they were better off and 22 percent said they were about the same,” Newsweek reported, citing its survey results. “Forty-four percent said their financial situation has worsened in the last year, compared to 28 percent who said it had improved and another 28 percent who said it had stayed the same.”
The top three concerns after that are likewise not always Democratic strongholds. The results of the survey showed that 33% of respondents ranked healthcare as the most significant issue, while 28% cited immigration as their main worry and 24% cited policing and crime.
Two crucial problems for Democrats, though, were further down the list.
“Abortion and the environment were tied at 21 percent,” Newsweek noted, citing its survey.
Redfield & Wilton Strategies’ Philip van Scheltinga, head of research, said that the study was undertaken as part of a new cooperation with Newsweek.
“the nuances of public opinion that we can already see in this first poll” also do not necessarily align with Democratic cultural and social priorities.
“For instance, 62 percent of Americans say they are proud, rather than ashamed, of their country’s history, and 70 percent believe children in schools should be taught to feel proud of their country,” he said.