Despite facing four ongoing criminal prosecutions, former President Donald Trump's popularity among Republican primary voters remains robust.
According to the Wall Street Journal poll, conducted in collaboration with Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates, Trump's support stands at a staggering 59%. This gives him a 46-point lead over his closest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has 13% backing.
Interestingly, DeSantis, who has consistently held onto the second spot, now finds his position threatened. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is catching up, with her current support at 8%.
It's worth noting that DeSantis's popularity has seen a decline over the campaign season. In a poll from April, before DeSantis announced his candidacy, he was polling at 24%, while Trump was at 48%.
A recent poll by the Washington Examiner reveals that nearly 60% of these voters still consider him their top choice.
Trump's favorability rating is currently at 75%, a slight dip from April's 78%. In contrast, DeSantis's favorability has seen a more significant drop. From a high of 84% in April, it now stands at 70%.
When it comes to unfavorability ratings, DeSantis, with a 24% rating, is slightly ahead of Trump, who has a 23% rating.
This indicates that while both figures have their share of detractors, DeSantis's recent decline in the polls might be a reflection of this increased unfavorability.
One of the most telling findings from the poll is the perception of Trump's indictments. Over 60% of Republican primary voters view these prosecutions as "politically motivated and without merit."
For the indictment in New York related to alleged payments to Stormy Daniels, 61% believe it's politically driven without any real basis. Similarly, 67% feel the same about the prosecution concerning classified documents.
Regarding the charges linked to Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and his involvement in the January 6th Capitol siege, a whopping 70% see them as baseless and politically motivated.
The most recent indictment in Georgia has 71% of the voters feeling the same way.
It's evident that a significant portion of Republican primary voters not only support Trump but also view the legal challenges against him with skepticism. Nearly half of them even stated that these indictments make them more inclined to vote for Trump.
It's a testament to Trump's enduring appeal among his base that despite multiple legal challenges, his popularity remains largely unaffected.
The shifting dynamics in the Republican primary race, with DeSantis's waning support and Haley's rise, will be interesting to watch in the coming months.