The race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is just beginning to heat up, but women voters in the GOP are already largely leaning toward one candidate in particular: former President Trump.
According to a recent Fox News poll, 40% of Republican women voters would choose to support Trump, giving him a nearly double-digit lead over his nearest potential rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
In the poll, DeSantis garnered 23% support, and former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley came in a distant third with 9% support. Former Vice President Mike Pence came in fourth at 8%, while no other potential candidate received more than 2%.
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When Republican women were asked who their second choice would be, DeSantis easily came out on top with 25% support while Trump and Pence were tied at 13%. Haley garnered just 9%.
Haley and Trump are the only candidates to have officially jumped into the race. However, Pence and DeSantis, as well as a number of others, are rumored to be mulling their own runs and have taken trips to the early primary states.
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When the poll asked Republican women who they would support out of the only two declared candidates, Trump received an overwhelming 63% to Haley’s 27%. Just 1% of respondents said they wouldn’t vote, while 7% said they would support someone else, and 3% said they didn’t know.
Republican women were overwhelmingly in agreement when it came to what they thought of President Biden with 91% giving him a thumbs down on his job performance and just 8% approving.
A plurality of Republican women (46%) said they saw the economy as the top issue facing the country, and a distant 23% said immigration.
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The contests for the Republican nomination are still nearly a year away with the Iowa caucuses expected to be held in the first week of February 2024.