Another new survey likely has former President Donald Trump grinning ear to ear and his 2024 challengers — and potential challengers — rethinking why they challenged him to begin with.
A recent survey conducted by the John Locke Foundation shows that as the 2024 state primaries draw near, Trump is the undisputed frontrunner among potential GOP primary voters in North Carolina.
The poll, which surveyed over 700 participants, found that 55% of those polled would vote for Trump if the primary was held today.
In the poll, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis secured second place with 22% of the votes, while former Vice President Mike Pence and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley received 8% and 5% respectively (no, Haley hasn’t dropped out yet but she should — she isn’t getting any traction and almost no media coverage).
Interestingly, the poll shows that Trump’s support is highest among young primary voters aged 18-34 and voters above 65, capturing over 60% of the vote in those age demographics. But by contrast, less than half of voters aged 35-64 supported Trump.
Although the survey indicates a distinct advantage for Trump and DeSantis, voters appear to be mostly indecisive about other crucial state contests. And to be fair, with the primary scheduled for March ’24, there is ample time for candidates to persuade North Carolinians to support them.
Trending Politics noted further:
North Carolina has a history of being a key battleground state in recent presidential elections. In the 2016 United States Presidential Election, Trump won the state with 49.8% of the popular vote, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who received 46.2% of the vote.
In 2020, North Carolina was one of the key battleground states. The race was very close, with Trump winning by a margin of only 1.3%. Trump won the state with 49.9% of the vote, while Joe Biden received 48.6% of the vote.
The ever-changing voter demographics of North Carolina – which has a Democrat governor – could play a major role in the 2024 presidential election. The state’s population is growing rapidly, particularly in urban areas, and becoming increasingly diverse. This could potentially shift the balance of power in the state and make it more competitive.
Interesting that Georgia is a much more conservative state, historically, and those voters chose Biden, but that’s a story for another day.