Even though former President Donald Trump is still in the lead for the Republican nomination, current polling indicates his hold on the early states may be waning.
There has been a change in voter opinion, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll taken in Iowa and New Hampshire between September 15 and 24.
Only 20% of Republican voters in Iowa are considering Trump, with a sizable 48% considering him along with other candidates. Notably, 31% of respondents make it clear that they will not vote for Trump.
This indicates that a staggering 79% of respondents are either unsure or leaning away from Trump.
The same trend can be seen in New Hampshire, where 23% of voters are committed to Trump, 43% are undecided, and 34% are only thinking about the alternatives.
However, it’s still clear that Trump is popular in general. Republicans in Iowa would support him 51% of the time if the primaries were held right now. Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, and Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador, were chosen by 8% and 21% of voters, respectively.
In New Hampshire, Trump retains a larger lead with 50% of the vote, followed by DeSantis with 13% and Haley with 11%. Vivek Ramaswamy and Chris Christie, both underdogs, each received 8%.
It’s interesting to note that Trump, who skipped the first Republican primary debate, will also skip the upcoming debate in California. Many Republicans, Fox News viewers, and Trump supporters think he should disagree with this decision.
According to the CBS/YouGov poll, 62% of GOP voters in Iowa and 53% of GOP voters in New Hampshire believe the debates are an important factor in choosing their preferred candidate.