Donald Trump leads Republican field in 2024, despite facing charges

A recent full-field ballot test conducted by former President Donald Trump's team has revealed that he remains the preferred candidate for 51 percent of Republicans for the 2024 presidential election. The survey included 14 potential Republican candidates.

Moreover, a separate YouGov and Yahoo news poll showed that Trump is still popular among Republicans, with 57 percent of those polled saying they would vote for him again. In contrast, only 31 percent backed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

However, these surveys come as Trump faces a total of 34 charges related to an alleged $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. Despite this legal challenge hanging over his head, a general election ballot test also put him ahead of his biggest threat.

The poll results also indicated that many Americans believe Trump will not get a fair trial in Manhattan. Nearly half (47%) of those surveyed said they didn't think the former president would receive impartial treatment from prosecutors in New York State.

Trump has repeatedly voiced concerns about being tried in the Democratic state and used his indictment to inspire $4 million donations to his presidential campaign.

On Saturday, Ron DeSantis was forced to walk a political tightrope when discussing the indictment against Trump while remaining one of his biggest leadership rivals. It remains unclear how these latest developments will impact either politician's future ambitions or their supporters' voting preferences come Election Day.