Former President Trump has an overwhelming 42-point lead in a Iowa caucus poll of GOP Primary contenders released Thursday.
In the Emerson College Polling survey, Trump is leading a field of likely 2024 Republican primary candidates with 62 percent of the vote. The second-highest share of votes went to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who accumulated 20 percent of the vote in a hypothetical Iowa caucus.
The poll was conducted May 19-22, just before Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) launched his campaign for the White House on Monday and DeSantis officially launched his bid Wednesday night amid a glitch-ridden campaign announcement on Twitter.
“Trump’s lead in the caucus reflects his numbers in Emerson’s March New Hampshire primary poll, where he held a 41-point lead over DeSantis,” Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling, said. “The former president’s base continues to be voters under 35: 75 percent of whom support Trump, and voters without a college degree: 70 percent support Trump. DeSantis’s support is higher among voters with a postgraduate degree, with 29 percent support, still trailing Trump’s 37 percent with this group.”
Trump and DeSantis were the only candidates to hit double digits in the poll.