Former President Donald Trump holds a significant lead over all other potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates in a new early Iowa survey.
The Neighborhood Research and Media shows Trump at with 55.7 percent. His next closest competitor was Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis at 12 percent.
No other candidate broke double digits in the early Iowa GOP poll. South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem received 2.1 percent, with Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley each with between 1-2 percent.
The early poll is based on a suggested listed and no candidates have yet announced a run for president for 2024. DeSantis, for example, has said he has no plans to run and has recently announced his reelection campaign as governor.
Many candidates are likely waiting to see if Trump will announce a run for 2024 before making their own decision. Based on his leads in early polls and strong influence, he may face few competitors if he decides to make a comeback bid.
The poll also follows a recent poll by the Des Moines Register in Iowa that showed Trump beating President Joe Biden in the state by 11 points in a 2024 match-up.
Trump won Iowa in 2020 with 53 percent of the vote. The poll shows his popularity has likely increased in the state since the 2020 presidential election.
Iowa is the traditional first state for GOP primaries, making its polls significant for presidential elections. Based on the current information, Trump’s potential return run for the White House holds strong popularity.