In the crucial primary state of New Hampshire, a recent poll by Emerson College Polling indicates former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) narrowly leads Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) by a single percentage point.
Among participants, Christie secured 9% backing, while DeSantis garnered merely 8%. Both contenders lag behind former President Donald Trump, who consistently holds a substantial lead in polls among the crowded GOP contenders.
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Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, made a statement about the surprising results, “DeSantis has been the alternative to Trump in Emerson polling this presidential cycle. This is the first time we have seen DeSantis drop out of second place in our polling and fall back into the pack of candidates.”
DeSantis was pursued by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) with a 6% endorsement, while North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) both acquired 4% backing.
Vivek Ramaswamy secured 3% support, businessman Perry Johnson received 2% and former Vice President Mike Pence and former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) registered at 1% each.
The survey indicated that 13% of voters remained undecided.
Trump received more favor from middle-aged adults than DeSantis did. Among voters aged 30-49, only 4% expressed support for DeSantis, while 56% indicated their preference for Trump.
Nonetheless, the Emerson College poll depicted Trump trailing President Joe Biden by several percentage points in New Hampshire.
Biden’s approval rating in the state has risen to 43%, showing a five-point surge from March. Nevertheless, the president also holds a higher overall disapproval rating at 46%.
Kimball said, “President Biden’s support has strengthened in New Hampshire since March. The President’s approval increase is fueled by a more unified approval among his party – 82% of Democrats approve of the job the President is doing, a 14-point increase from March.”
The survey indicated that in the 2024 Democratic primary, Biden would comfortably defeat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and author Marianne Williamson. The president received 65% support in the poll, while Kennedy secured 12%, and Williamson garnered 4%.
In terms of voting apprehensions, 60% of Republicans highlighted voter fraud as a major concern for the upcoming 2024 election. In contrast, only 11% of Democrats shared that view, with 55% identifying voter suppression as the primary threat for 2024 and 5% of Republicans concurring.