The winds may be shifting in the Republican primary race following the first debate on Wednesday night. A recent poll from Public Opinion Strategies has unveiled some intriguing changes among the Iowa Republican base. Notably, the poll found that Ron DeSantis has jumped 7 points in Iowa following the debate.
📊 Key Insights from the Poll:
-Trump retains the lead but drops a fraction, now at 41%, down from 42%.
-DeSantis rides the debate momentum, jumping from 14% to a notable 21%.
-Nikki Haley emerges as a dark horse, moving up from 3% to 11%.
-Vivek Ramaswamy faces the steepest decline, tumbling from 10% to 7%.
-Mike Pence holds steady at 2%.
-Doug Burgum and Chris Christie both dip to 1% from their prior 3%.
-Asa Hutchinson, previously under 1%, now claims 1% of the support.
In a direct face-off post-debate:
-Trump still leads at 43%, but down from a dominant 51%.
-DeSantis moves up, garnering 40% support, a significant surge from his pre-debate 34%.
💬 Iowa Voters Speak Out:
-DeSantis is crowned as the strongest conservative (33%) and perceived as capable of toppling Trump (34%).
-37% believe DeSantis can take on President Biden.
-On border issues, DeSantis also emerges as the top contender.