According to a recent NBC News poll, 68 percent of Republican voters stand behind former President Trump amidst ongoing investigations and an indictment in New York City. They believe that the investigations are a politically motivated attempt to stop him, and that no other candidate is like him, so they must support him. However, 26 percent of Republicans believe that it’s more important to nominate a candidate who will not be distracted and can beat Joe Biden.
Regarding the GOP primary, 46 percent of Republican voters would support Trump, while 31 percent support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Only 6 percent would support former Vice President Mike Pence. Other potential candidates such as Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and Asa Hutchinson each hold only 3 percent support.
The poll also found that 60 percent of voters in general believe that Trump should not run for president again, while 35 percent believe he should. Among those who believe he should not run, 30 percent cite the business fraud charges he’s facing in New York as a major reason for their decision.
Regarding President Biden, only one in four American voters support his reelection campaign, while 70 percent believe he should not run again. Of those who believe he should not run, 48 percent cite his age, 80, as a major reason for their decision.
The NBC News poll surveyed 1,000 adults from April 14 through 18, 2023, and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. The margin of error for 292 Republican primary voters is 6 percentage points.