Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios

A new poll shows Donald Trump Jr. and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis's new surgeon general opposes vaccine mandates People close to Trump say he 'wants back' in national spotlight: report Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field MORE topping other GOP figures in a survey measuring the popularity of key Republicans. 

The poll from Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, first obtained by Axios, shows former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE's eldest son as the most popular of the GOP figures in the poll, followed closely by DeSantis. 

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Thompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans MORE (R-Calif.) came in third, followed by Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally MORE (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.). All three scored more favorably than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.)  


Meanwhile, Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Trump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear The Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out MORE (Wyo.) — who was stripped of her GOP leadership role earlier this year for speaking out against former President Trump's role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — scored negatively among the 800 Republicans polled.

All eyes are on any GOP front-runners who might emerge in 2024 should the former president opt to not run for another term. DeSantis and Trump Jr. are among those who have been eyed as potential candidates. 

"We found Mitch McConnell’s image has significantly improved since February, while Kevin McCarthy’s has remained consistent but positive," Tony Fabrizio said in a statement to Axios about the poll. "Liz Cheney is incredibly unpopular, while Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene have positive images but are largely undefined and driven by the far right of the party."

"Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, Jr. are well-known and very well-liked by most Republicans, doing best among President Trump’s biggest supporters," he added.

The poll was conducted among 800 GOP voters between July 6 and July 8, 2021. The poll has a margin of error of 3.46 percentage points.