Donald Trump leads Ron DeSantis in another Iowa poll

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The former President holds a 7-point edge in this Hawkeye State survey.

Another Iowa poll shows next year’s Iowa caucuses could be Donald Trump’s to lose.

In a survey conducted by Cygnal for Iowans for Tax Relief, the former President leads Ron DeSantis, 37% to 30%. An additional 19% of respondents are undecided, with other candidates struggling for support.

Former United Nations Envoy Nikki Haley has 5% backing, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former Vice President Mike Pence and author Vivek Ramaswamy all pulling 2%. Former Drug Czar Asa Hutchinson, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina each have 1% backing in the survey.

The poll was in the field April 3 and April 4, bucking a trend of strong polls for the former President in the wake of his 34-count indictment and arrest in Manhattan. It is a better poll for DeSantis than the other post-indictment poll of the Iowa race, a J.L. Partners survey in which the former President commands 41% support, 15 points ahead of the Florida Governor.

Both Trump and DeSantis have been to Iowa in recent weeks, and in the case of the former President, the Governor was a topic of his remarks. Trump hammered DeSantis on his previous positions on entitlements for senior citizens and ethanol mandates, the latter an issue of particular importance in the state.

DeSantis “strongly opposed ethanol. Do you know that? And we don’t even know if he’s running, but I might as well tell you if he’s not running, I’ll say he was fine on ethanol,” Trump joked.

“He strongly opposed ethanol and fought against it at every turn and he’s going to do that again because people that come out early for something, that’s where they go, that’s what it is. So, you know, he may do something politically but he was very, very bad on ethanol and fought it all the way,” Trump added.

DeSantis stuck to a familiar script during his stop in the Hawkeye State, which was functionally a promotional visit for his recently-released book on March 10. At that point, polling from the Des Moines Register showed the Governor essentially in a dead heat with Trump.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski

One comment

  • Donald J Trump

    April 10, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Meatball Ron AkA Greaseball Ron hasn’t even said that he’s running and look what these cartoon characters are saying and doing. All just a diversion from my perfect and flawless 2024 campaign. I bet everything that I have that I will win in 2024.

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