Good news: the year may have just changed, but former President Donald Trump’s popularity among Republicans hasn’t.
A new poll has Trump atop the Republican field for 2024.
The poll comes from Reuters/Ipsos. It was conducted between December 13th and 17th of 2021, but it was just released this past week. 4,407 adults were surveyed, including 2,048 Democrats, 1,592 Republicans, and 517 dependents.
The poll found that 54 percent of Republican participants indicated that they would support a 2024 run by Trump. To put this into perspective, second place went to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who received 11 percent of the vote, and third place went to former Vice President Mike Pence, who received 8 percent.
In related news . . .
. . . President Joe Biden finished 2021 significantly underwater in the polls.
RealClearPolitics had Biden’s average approval rating, between December 11th and 30th, at only 43.1 percent. His average disapproval is 53.3 percent, which means that Biden finished the year underwater by 10.2 percentage points.
Biden’s worst polling numbers, in terms of approval, have been in the low 40s. Pulling his average up a bit is a Reuters poll, from December 15th to 17th, that had him at 48 percent approval, and a Fox News poll, from December 11th to 14th, that had him at 47 percent approval.
It is also worth pointing out that, under Biden’s leadership, an overwhelming 62.4 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction. Only 29.8 percent think otherwise.
All eyes are now going to be focused on November 2022, the midterm elections. Republicans are favored to come out on top in generic polls. Many argue that this is further supported by a number of things including the large number of departures that we are seeing from congressional Democrats.
Congressional Republicans have already, clearly, started campaigning for November. In recent interviews, a number of Republicans have given the public a preview of what to expect should Republicans take back either the House, or the Senate, or both. This, they say, will include investigations into the likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the origin of the coronavirus, the Afghanistan withdrawal, and more.
At the same time, the Democrats have to figure out what their 2022 message is going to be. They certainly don’t have much to hand their hats on at the moment.
Things could be looking up for 2022.