Former President Donald Trump holds a sizable lead over the field in the GOP California presidential primary, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey.
The poll has Trump in first place with 50% support, almost 30 points ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 21%.
Coming in third in the survey at 10% is former Vice President Mike Pence, who just announced his candidacy. Former Rep. Liz Cheney is fourth in the GOP field at 7%, while former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is fifth at 3%. No one else received more than 2%.
This is the second recent poll that shows Trump with a large lead over DeSantis in California, as the Berkeley Institute of Government Studies survey has the former president ahead of the Florida governor by 44% to 26% after DeSantis had held a 37% to 29% advantage over Trump in the same poll in February.
Florida Politics pointed out that DeSantis has battled for more than a year with Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom, with the Florida governor having reportedly recently flown migrants from the Texas border to California as part of a protest against the immigration policies of the Biden Administration.
The poll was conducted from May 17-24 by Ipsos, using its online KnowledgePanel, in English and Spanish according to respondents' preferences, PPIC reported. The sampling error, taking design effects from weighting into consideration, is ±3.2 percent at the 95% confidence level for the total unweighted sample of 1,576 adults.
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