December 10, 2023

By Jennifer Agiesta and Ariel Edwards-Levy | CNN

Former President Donald Trump maintains a major lead amongst seemingly voters in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential main, however former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has moved forward of Trump’s different rivals and holds second place, in keeping with a brand new CNN Ballot performed by the College of New Hampshire.

Trump’s benefit in New Hampshire stays in need of the bulk assist he garners in main polling nationally: 42% say they’d vote for him, adopted by Haley at 20%, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 14%, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 9%, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy at 8%, and no different candidate holding greater than 2% assist. Haley’s assist has climbed 8 share factors from the final CNN/UNH ballot in September, with Ramaswamy dipping 5 factors and assist for Trump, Christie and DeSantis remaining comparatively regular.

The survey finds that Trump’s standing in New Hampshire is boosted by majority assist amongst registered Republicans (55% again him, 17% Haley, 11% DeSantis), whereas undeclared voters – those that usually are not registered with both social gathering however say they’re prone to vote within the Republican main – are break up between Haley (25%), Trump (24%) and Christie (24%).

Undeclared voters, who can select which social gathering’s main to vote in, make up about 43% of seemingly GOP main voters within the new ballot. That’s roughly the identical as their share of the GOP main citizens in 2012 – the final time there was a aggressive Republican main with an incumbent Democratic president looking for reelection – however a bigger share than the 36% they represented within the 2016 GOP main when Trump made his first run on the presidency, in keeping with CNN’s exit polls.

New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan introduced Wednesday that the state’s first-in-the-nation main can be held on January 23, a few week after Iowa’s caucuses kick off the GOP nomination contest.

There’s been a pointy improve since September within the share of seemingly Granite State Republican voters who say their vote is locked in: Simply 36% of them in September mentioned they’d positively determined. Now, 52% say their minds are made up. Greater than 8 in 10 Trump supporters (83%) say their selection is particular, in contrast with 29% who again different candidates, together with roughly 1 / 4 of Haley’s supporters (27%) and Christie’s backers (25%).

Christie stays the candidate who seemingly Republican main voters in New Hampshire most frequently say they’d by no means assist (47% say they’d by no means again him, 15 factors forward of the 32% who really feel that method about Trump), but that displays a softening in views towards the previous New Jersey governor, or a minimum of in voters’ definition of “by no means.” In September, 60% of seemingly Republican main voters mentioned they’d by no means assist him.

Republican main voters right here aren’t shopping for the electability arguments some rivals have made in opposition to Trump – 57% say the previous president has the very best shot of successful the overall election subsequent 12 months, up from 51% who mentioned so in September and considerably greater than his total assist within the main. And almost two-thirds of seemingly GOP main voters (63%) say they’d be a minimum of glad with Trump because the nominee, better than the share saying the identical about another main candidate. Nonetheless, those that aren’t present Trump supporters categorical principally unfavorable views in regards to the thought of a Trump nomination: Whereas 38% can be a minimum of glad, 59% can be dissatisfied or offended about it.

Total, a majority of seemingly Republican main voters (54%) would really feel a minimum of glad ought to Haley turn into the nominee. Haley narrowly outpaces Trump on this rating amongst these voters who’re registered undeclared (50% on this group can be glad ought to she turn into the nominee, 44% can be with Trump). Total, about half of all seemingly GOP main voters (49%) can be a minimum of glad with DeSantis on the prime of the ticket, 44% with Ramaswamy and simply 32% with Christie.

Requested to price Trump on a spread of attributes, seemingly Republican main voters in New Hampshire give him broadly optimistic rankings for his coverage positions (67%), decision-making skills (66%), bodily and psychological health (63%), and skill to know the issues going through folks like them (60%). Fewer have a optimistic impression of his temperament (37%) or his honesty and integrity (46%). Nonetheless, even amongst these not backing Trump for the social gathering’s nomination, sizable minorities price his coverage positions (46%) and decision-making expertise (42%) positively. The hole between Trump backers and others is a chasm, nonetheless, with regards to perceptions of his honesty stage: Whereas 90% of Trump’s personal supporters say his honesty and integrity are good or superb, simply 13% of seemingly main voters backing different candidates say the identical.

A gradual share of seemingly Republican main voters title the financial system or jobs as an important problem in deciding their main vote (39% in September, 40% now), and there’s a equally constant quantity mentioning immigration or the border (19% in September, 18% now). However there was a pointy improve within the share who point out a international coverage problem as decisive to their main vote, from 6% in September to fifteen% now.

Half of seemingly GOP main voters in New Hampshire (50%) belief Trump probably the most out of the GOP presidential candidates to deal with the warfare between Israel and Hamas, whereas 20% say they belief Haley probably the most. Trump holds a wider edge as probably the most trusted on the financial system (58% say he can finest deal with it in contrast with 11% for Haley and 10% for Christie), however a considerably smaller benefit on dealing with abortion (37% for Trump to 29% for Haley).