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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 DeSantis 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 Trump's eldest son as the most popular of the GOP figures in the poll, followed closely by DeSantis. 

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) came in third, followed by Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). All three scored more favorably than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)  

Meanwhile, Rep. Liz Cheney (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. 

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