In a recent CBS/YouGov poll conducted on June 9-10, former President Donald Trump has once again emerged as the clear frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination. This survey, conducted after Trump’s indictment on charges related to the mishandling of classified documents, brings even more bad news for Democrats and the left.
CBS News Poll: Trump Posts Biggest Lead Yet Over DeSantis
Trump — 61% (+38)
DeSantis — 23%
T. Scott — 4%
Pence — 4%
Haley — 3%
Ramaswamy — 1%
Hutchinson — 1%
Burgum — 1%
Elder — 1%
Christie — 1%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) June 11, 2023
Not only does Trump lead the pack of GOP hopefuls, but his numbers are soaring at a staggering 61%. The poll also asked likely conservative primary voters whether the indictment would change their opinion of Trump.
To the dismay of the left, the majority of respondents remained steadfast in their support, with 61% stating their opinion of Trump remained unchanged. Even more strikingly, a whopping 80% of these voters believe that Trump should still be eligible to be president, even if convicted in the federal classified documents case.
This situation may sound familiar, as Trump faced a similar scenario in April when he was indicted in New York City. Despite the charges, his support surged. A Trafalgar Group poll taken in March, before the New York indictment, showed Trump leading Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by a narrow margin of 43% to 41%.
However, post-indictment, Trump’s lead expanded significantly to 56.2% compared to DeSantis’ 22.5%. Moreover, the poll indicates that Republican voters are well aware of the political motivations behind these indictments.
A staggering 76% of respondents believe that the latest indictment is politically motivated, while only 12% see the Mar-a-Lago documents as a national security risk. Despite the legal troubles, Trump remains active on the campaign trail, further fueling Democratic concerns.
He recently addressed Republican conventions in Georgia and North Carolina, delivering impassioned speeches that painted the indictment as the “final battle” against corrupt forces destroying the nation.
The Democrats’ fear of Trump’s popularity is palpable, especially considering the looming possibility of a third indictment in Fulton County, Georgia, relating to alleged election interference in 2020. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has indicated that charges, if any, will be announced between July 11 and September 1.
As Trump’s Miami courtroom appearance approaches, the question remains whether his poll numbers will experience another boost. While President Joe Biden plans to campaign from his basement, Trump’s ability to connect with the average American has Democrats on edge. Will history repeat itself? Only time will tell.