Trump Outstrips GOP Rivals – Pence, Christie Rank Worst

( – Former President Trump has maintained a commanding lead in the polls over all other candidates in the running, even after being criminally indicted four times within the last several months. A new survey released by the Wall Street Journal showed that Trump is also viewed more favorably than nearly all of the other Republican candidates, garnering a +52-point favorability rating. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received a negative 55-point rating, with former Vice President Mike Pence at a negative 33-point rating.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fared better, with a favorability rating of +46 points. However, 59 percent of respondents in the same poll said that they would vote for former President Trump if the election were held that day, trouncing DeSantis, who stood at just 13 percent. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley captured 8 percent support in the poll, and Vivek Ramaswamy received 5 percent support. Christie’s support was comparable to his favorability, with just 3 percent saying they would vote for him if the election were held that day.

A whopping 78 percent of Republican respondents said that they believe Trump’s actions after the election were “legitimate efforts to ensure an accurate vote.” Sixty percent also said that every indictment against Trump is “politically motivated and without merit.” Notably, of the 1,500 registered voters who were polled, which included just 600 Republicans, 48 percent said that the indictments increased their chances of voting for him in the primary election. The poll also showed a tie at 46 percent between Trump and Biden in a head-to-head matchup. Democrats are concerned about Trump’s increase in popularity after being indicted four times. A Newsweek poll released on August 26 shows that 58 percent of Biden voters believe that his arrests constitute election interference that will give Trump’s campaign a boost. The poll also showed that 57 percent of respondents believe that Trump will go to prison for at least one of the indictments he faces.

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