EXCLUSIVE: Trump surges, but voters say they can be persuaded in new American Wire News poll

Presidential Poll Results by American Wire

Days before the first Republican presidential primary debate and months ahead of Iowa’s Caucus Day, former President Donald Trump is running away with the vote. But new data is showing that a surprising number of voters say they can still be persuaded.

In an exclusive new American Wire News poll, conducted by McShane LLC, Trump leaves the competition in the dust, as those surveyed rally behind him despite – or perhaps because of – the persecution against him.

“Our polling shows that while President Trump has a significant lead in early states like South Carolina, there’s an opportunity for another candidate to emerge from the pack,” noted Rory McShane of McShane LLC.

Over 800 likely GOP voters were asked in a national survey who they would vote for if the presidential primary election were held today. Trump obliterated his rivals with nearly 52% of the vote. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is regularly touted as Trump’s main competition, scored 12% of the vote, trailed by the likes of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Vice President Mike Pence who garnered nearly 5% of the votes.

The majority of those backing Trump came from voters over 50 years old, with over 60% falling into the 75+ range.  But the former president also scored 43% support from the 35-49 demographic and 38% of those in the youngest 18-34 demo.

Interestingly, those surveyed who said they would vote for Trump were pretty evenly divided among males and females, with 51% of the votes coming from men and 52% from women.

The exclusive American Wire phone poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.0 percentage points, also found that while over 53% of those surveyed were “totally committed” to their presidential choice in the previous question, a large portion of the likely voters – 42% – indicated they could change their mind “and support another candidate in the upcoming Republican primary.”

Notably, the younger voters were the demographic with the highest number – 54% – who said they could change their minds about their first choice of candidates.

The national numbers seem to mirror specific results in one state that boasts two GOP presidential candidates, South Carolina.

Though former Governor Nikki Haley and current U.S. Senator Tim Scott remain popular in their state, they still pale in comparison to Trump in the American Wire presidential primary poll exclusive to the state.

In a survey of 800 likely GOP voters in the Palmetto State, 46% indicated they would vote for Trump if the primary election were held today.  Scott garnered 9% of the vote while Haley scored just 7% support.


Asked if they were “totally committed” to their choice or would consider a change in nominee, a majority of 59% indicated they were not likely to change their vote.

And 37% of those surveyed in South Carolina were open to making a shift in their choice. Interestingly, 56% of those who could be persuaded to support a different candidate fell in the 18-34-year-old demographic.


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