Nikki Haley Leads Over Ron DeSantis in Iowa Poll, Both Trail Trump Ahead of Caucuses
A recent Suffolk University poll reveals Nikki Haley leading Ron DeSantis in Iowa, yet both Republican contenders trail behind Donald Trump.
As the Iowa caucuses approach, Nikki Haley has emerged as the frontrunner over Ron DeSantis, according to a Suffolk University poll of 500 likely Republican caucusgoers conducted from Jan. 6-10. However, both candidates continue to lag behind Donald Trump, who maintains a stronghold with 54% of voters choosing him as their first preference.
The poll indicates that 20% of respondents favor Haley, 13% support DeSantis, and 6% back businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. Notably, Haley enjoys strong support from moderate and liberal-leaning independents, garnering 42% compared to Trump’s 31%.
While various polls depict DeSantis and Haley in a tight race for second place in Iowa, Trump consistently leads. Additionally, a surge for Haley is noted in New Hampshire, where 31% of likely Republican primary voters favor her, although Trump leads with 45%.
Despite these shifts, analysts suggest that Haley faces a significant challenge in securing the Republican nomination from Trump. With former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie out of the race, speculation arises about potential changes in voter support dynamics for Haley.