Though it is still a long way ahead, pollsters have already begun surveying Republican voters on the field of likely candidates for the party’s 2024 presidential primary. And you can bet President Joe Biden won’t like what they’re finding.
According to Breitbart, one recent poll put former President Donald Trump as the top choice among GOP voters — and by a substantial margin.
Nearly half of the poll’s respondents chose Trump, Breitbart reports, while only two other potential candidates — former Vice President Mike Pence and current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — drew support from more than 10% of those surveyed.
Nearly half want Trump
The poll cited by Breitbart came from Politico/Morning Consult and included the opinions of 1,999 registered voters who were surveyed between Oct. 8-11. The poll came up with a margin of error of 2%.
When just Republican and Republican-leaning respondents were asked who they would vote for if the GOP primary elections were held today, 47% chose former President Trump.
In a tie for a rather distant second-place, Pence and DeSantis each drew 12% support to be the nominee, while the former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., came in fourth, with 6% support.
The remaining dozen potential GOP candidates all garnered the support of anywhere from 0% to 3% of Republican respondents.
The poll also asked respondents of all political leanings what sort of role former President Trump should play in the Republican Party going forward. According to reports, some 47% of respondents overall said he shouldn’t play any role whatsoever in the party, while 31% said he should have a “major” role and 12% said a “minor” role. Another 10% had no opinion.
As for whether Trump should run again in 2024 or not, 50% of all respondents said “definitely not” and 9% said “probably not.” Meanwhile, a quarter of respondents said “definitely” yes, and 1 in 10 said “probably.”
Morning Consult provided a bit more in-depth breakdown of the partisan demographics of the poll results, and concluded that approximately two-thirds of Republican voters were “definitely” or “probably” ready to support Trump as the GOP nominee in 2024, while a combined 29% said he should not run.
Interestingly, the pollsters found that Trump was viewed favorably by 82% of Republicans, and just 17% had an unfavorable view,
Of those Republicans who don’t want Trump to run again, 26% picked Pence, 20% picked DeSantis, 10% picked former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and 12% picked “someone else” as the alternative. A number of other choices didn’t even break the 10% mark.