Looking ahead to 2024, President Donald Trump still has the power and pull to draw Americans far and wide to campaign events.
Widespread enthusiasm for the MAGA movement was demonstrated this week in the polls and at an Iowa policy meeting held in Davenport, as thousands of Americans showed up to support the “People’s President.”
President Trump spoke to supporters at the Adler Theater, delivering remarks to more than 3,500 people, while 1,200 to 1,500 more people waited outside, braving freezing Iowa temperatures.
The enthusiasm from local Iowans for President Trump’s campaign event, which was largely focused on his America First education policy platform, was electric for this early in the campaign season.
The energy that Iowans brought to Trump’s packed-out event reflects the power that the 45th president still holds among GOP voters.
For example, a recent Premise Data poll conducted between March 4-7 found that Trump garnered 52 percent of GOP support in a 2024 National Republican Primary, while his likely presidential rival, Governor Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., came in second with 26 percent of support.
Notably, Premise found that in a head-to-head battle, their survey indicated that 53 percent of Republican voters preferred Trump, while 37 percent preferred DeSantis.
More data from I&I/TIPP found that among Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents, 51 percent would support President Trump for the nomination in 2024, while 22 percent said they would support DeSantis.
Per TIPP, Trump gained one more point of support in their poll from February. Declared GOP candidate and former South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, won 4 percent of support in the TIPP poll, while former Vice President Mike Pence scored 7 percent. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has made rumblings about potentially running for president in 2024, garnered 2 percent of support in their poll.
These polling trends show continuing momentum for President Trump.
Notably, a Harvard Caps Harris poll found that Trump had gained 5 points of support among GOP voters in February, placing him at 46 percent of support to DeSantis’s 23 percent, via RSBN.
TIPP and Premise’s data in March both demonstrated more than 50 percent of voter support for the 45th president, indicating increasing enthusiasm for Trump’s policy platform as 2024 dances on the horizon.
Only three GOP candidates have declared their candidacy so far: President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. Governor DeSantis has not yet announced a presidential bid.