Former President Donald Trump surged to his largest-ever lead over likely 2024 challenger Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — one of the first conducted after former President Donald Trump was indicted March 30 over his alleged role in paying hush money to former adult actress Stormy Daniels.
The poll is the latest showing a trend of Republican voters seemingly rallying around the only president in American history to face criminal charges. Since the indictments were handed down, Trump’s favorability numbers have increased, as has his lead over Gov. DeSantis. Trump is lapping DeSantis by 26 percentage points — 57% to 31% — in a one-on-one contest. The former president even attracts majority support (52%, up from 44% previously) when pitted against a wider, 10-candidate field of declared and potential GOP challengers, while DeSantis plummets to 21% (down from 28%), as reported by Yahoo News.