A news poll released Tuesday shows former President Donald Trump holding just a slight lead over Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Michigan.
The WDIV/Detroit News survey found that 45.2% favor Trump and 41.6% support DeSantis. The Florida governor garnered a stronger lead among college-educated voters, while Trump largely appeals to those with no more than a high school diploma.
Among “Trump Republicans,” the former president holds a strong lead with 70%-21% against DeSantis, while the “classic” Republicans favor the governor by 53%-32%.
The poll also found that 64% of the state’s Republican primary voters support Trump running for re-election. Nearly half, 48%, strongly support his re-election, while 16% somewhat support the former president serving a second term. The former president earned 40% support among the college-educated and 56% among fiscal conservatives.
However, 34% of fiscal conservatives oppose his run for re-election, with 38% strongly supporting a second term, the poll found. Less than one-third, 32.6%, of “classic” Republicans strongly support his re-election.
The Glengariff Group Inc. surveyed 500 likely Republican primary voters by telephone between July 13-15 with a 4.4% margin of error. (RELATED: Fox Presses DeSantis On If He Will Run Against Trump. Here’s What DeSantis Said)
Recent polls have shown Trump and DeSantis standing neck-to-neck in a hypothetical 2024 presidential election. A June straw poll found DeSantis leading Trump as a potential Republican nominee in 2024. The governor acquired 71% of support while Trump garnered 68% favorability.
DeSantis narrowly led the former president in a poll surveying potential New Hampshire voters, earning 39% support while Trump attained 37%. He also had a slight lead against President Joe Biden in a potential presidential election, with the governor holding 47% and the president 46% favorability.
Trump predicted that he would win against DeSantis in a potential primary race.
“I don’t know if Ron is running, and I don’t ask him,” Trump told The New Yorker. “It’s his prerogative. I think I would win.”