published : 2023-08-26
Iowa Survey Indicates Florida Governor Closing in on Trump Post-first Republican Debate
Poll Reveals Vivek Ramaswamy's Place on Debate Stage Considered a Stand-in for Die-hard Trump Supporters
After the first GOP primary debate, conversations were rich with analysis and speculation, parsing out key moments where candidates clashed over policy.
Former President Donald Trump leads the pack of Republican presidential candidates, yet a shrinking gap between him and his political disciple is drawing attention.
A recent poll, conducted by renowned firm Public Opinion Strategies for the DeSantis campaign, hints at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis capturing more favor among Iowa's likely voters.
One must keep in mind the potential narrative and agenda that come with a campaign poll's release, implying the results warrant a degree of skepticism.
According to the poll, DeSantis caught up, with 21% support post-debate, a significant rise from his pre-debate 14%.
Interestingly, Trump's support slightly dipped from 42% to 41% following the debate.
Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley too saw a substantial surge of eight percentage points in the poll, hopping from a 3% pre-debate to an 11% post-debate.
Meanwhile, Vivek Ramaswamy experienced the most drastic drop, plummeting from 10% to 7%, whereas Former Vice President Mike Pence stayed steady at 2% and a couple of others saw their minimum support halved.
The gap between DeSantis and Trump seemed to diminish further when they were pitted against each other, with DeSantis earning 40% support to Trump's 43% after the debate compared with the wider gap pre-debate of DeSantis' 34% and Trump's 51%.
One striking revelation from the poll was DeSantis being perceived as a strong challenger to Trump, with 33% of respondents reasoning he showcased most conservative principles during the debate and 34% rooting for his capability to defeat Trump.
Also, 37% augured DeSantis had the mettle to defeat President Biden.
As for Ramaswamy, though deemed the second strongest conservative candidate with 15% respondents' support and a 17% approval in possibly taking down Biden, the poll posited that his presence on the debate stage was merely superficial for hardcore Trump voters.
Among those who thought Ramaswamy dominated the debate, a major 60% chunk would eventually choose Trump in the general election, leaving Ramaswamy with a mere 21% and DeSantis an even paltry 10%.
When DeSantis was perceived as the debate winner, 64% of his well-wishers stood behind him with their vote, 28% opted for Trump, and Haley and Scott shared the crumbs with 3% each.
The poll took place on August 24, the day subsequent to the heated debate featuring eight GOP presidential contenders and was subjected to a margin of error of ±4.9 percentage points.