Trump remains in prime poll position for 2024

A new post-midterm elections poll still has former President Donald Trump as the clear favorite to win the Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. presidency in 2024. 

The poll comes from Harvard CAPS/Harris. The pollster surveyed 2,212 registered voters between Nov. 16 and 17. One of the questions that Republican participants were asked was, “if the Republican presidential primary for the 2024 election was held today, who would you vote for?”

Trump clearly came out on top with a plurality — 46% — of the vote. That’s 18 percentage points more than the 28% that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) received.

After that, former Vice President Mike Pence received 7%, whereas everyone else received either 1%, 2%, or 3% of the vote – except for “don’t know/unsure,” which received 10%.

Trump 2024

On Tuesday, this poll was taken after Trump finally announced his 2024 bid for the U.S. presidency.

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump said.

It was a long-anticipated announcement. But, the night was slightly marred by the criticism that Trump has been receiving since the midterm elections.

The backlash

Republicans did not do as well in those midterm elections as expected, and many Republicans are pointing the finger at Trump. Some, in fact, are even arguing that the midterm election results are a clear rejection of Trump by Americans and that, therefore, the Republican Party ought to leave Trump behind.

Trump, however, has pushed back against this criticism arguing that his candidates, overwhelmingly, won in the midterm elections and that the real blame for the Republicans’ lackluster performance ought to be placed on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for pulling resources from key Senate races.

Accordingly, Trump, despite the criticism, moved forward with his 2024 candidacy.

He’s still no. 1

What this new poll shows is that, despite the narrative being pushed by the mainstream media, by never-Trump Republicans, and others, American Republicans are still firmly behind Trump’s 2024 run. Trump leads the Republican field after the midterm elections just as he led the field before the elections.

Perhaps this is why U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced a new special counsel investigation of Trump: despite all the attempts to get rid of Trump and to turn Americans against Trump, Trump maintains his popularity with a large number of Americans.