Over half of the potential voters planning to participate in Iowa’s Republican caucuses have embraced former President Donald Trump’s false claims of victory in the 2020 election, a recent survey reveals.
Conducted jointly by NBC News and the Des Moines Register, the poll highlights that 51% of the participants in the survey believe Trump’s assertions, while 41% reject them, and 8% remain uncertain.
This sentiment is particularly pronounced within certain demographics that have shown strong support for Trump. Among respondents with annual incomes below $70,000, 66% are inclined to believe Trump’s unproven claims. Similarly, 62% of evangelicals and 59% of those without college degrees also subscribe to these claims.
The poll not only exposed the prevalence of these beliefs but also indicated Trump’s continued influence. Trump secured the lead in the survey, with 42% of participants naming him as their top choice. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis followed with 19% support, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott garnered 9% backing.
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Carried out from August 13 to 17, the poll targeted 406 voters who are likely to participate in the upcoming Republican caucuses. Notably, this timeframe coincided with the indictment of Trump and 18 associates by an Atlanta prosecutor. These charges were related to alleged efforts to overturn the election results in Georgia. The survey’s margin of error is approximately 4.9 percentage points, accounting for potential variations.
This data underscores the deep-rooted impact of Trump’s claims and popularity within certain segments of the population, while also suggesting the complex dynamics at play within the Republican party as the caucuses draw near.