Newsweek Poll: Trump Supporters Want DeSantis As Veep, Haley Is Close
India-West News Desk
WASHINGTON, DC – In a recent poll conducted for Newsweek, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has emerged as the top choice among Donald Trump supporters as a running mate.
The survey, Newsweek said, reveals that 25 percent of respondents expressing intent to vote for Trump in 2024 prefer DeSantis as the vice-presidential candidate.
Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley sees a notable surge in support, with 19 percent of Trump supporters favoring her as the running mate. This marks a significant increase from 5 percent in a September poll. The rising preference for Haley aligns with her growing momentum in the 2024 GOP primary race, positioning her as a potential rival to Trump.
DeSantis being chosen as the running mate remains uncertain due to ongoing tensions and animosity between him and Trump.
Vivek Ramaswamy, another Republican presidential hopeful, secures the third spot among Trump supporters with 16 percent, maintaining the same level of support as in the previous survey. Arizona Senate hopeful Kari Lake follows in fourth place with 8 percent.
Danielle Vinson, a professor of politics and international affairs at Furman University, told Newsweek that Haley might not find the role fitting, considering the lack of loyalty and support she would receive.
While Trump has not hinted at his preferred running mate, suggestions include a female candidate to appeal to women voters or a person of color to broaden the Republican ticket’s appeal. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Kristi Noem, both mentioned as potential female picks, received minimal support in the survey, with 1 percent and 3 percent, respectively.