President Donald Trump is leading the crowded Republican field in Michigan by a significant margin, according to a new Monmouth University poll.
The poll, which was conducted from July 2nd to July 5th, found that Trump had the support of 46% of the Michigan voters, with former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford running a distant second at 11%. The rest of the field was far behind, with businessman Bill Weld receiving 3 percent, former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh receiving 2 percent and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld receiving just 1 percent.
This large gap between Trump and the rest of the field reflects the overwhelming support the President has among Michigan Republicans. The same poll found that 91% of those who identify as Republicans in the state approve of the President’s job performance, while only 8% disapprove.
Trump’s lead among Republicans extends beyond Michigan. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that nationally, Trump had the support of 83% of Republicans. This is a huge increase from just a few months ago when a NBC/Marist poll showed that only 66% of Republicans supported the President.
It’s clear that there is little competition for Trump in the Republican field. This gives him an advantage should he choose to run for re-election in 2020, since he won’t be facing a well-funded, experienced challenger.
This poll provides one of the clearest indications yet of the immense popularity of President Trump. With few credible challengers and overwhelming support from his base, it looks like Trump will be hard to beat in 2020.