Former President Donald Trump’s popularity among Republicans isn’t going anywhere.
The latest Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) poll found that Trump continues, overwhelmingly, to be the Republicans’ preferred presidential candidate for 2024, Fox News reports.
The latest numbers
The most recent CPAC event was held over the weekend. There, those in attendance were asked who they would support in 2024 should Trump decide to run and who they would support should Trump decide not to run.
If Trump runs, the participants made it clear that they would overwhelmingly vote for him. 70 percent of participates said as much. Second place went to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who garnered 21 percent.
If Trump decides not to run, however, then DeSantis becomes the heavy favorite, with 68 percent of the vote. Second place in this scenario would go to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who received 5 percent of the vote.
On top of all this, at the CPAC event, participants gave Trump a staggering 98 percent approval rating, with 88 percent indicating that they strongly approve of Trump and 10 percent indicating that they somewhat approve of him. On a side note, 97 percent disapproved of President Joe Biden.
The last CPAC poll took place earlier this year, in February. The results were similar, except less flattering for both Trump and DeSantis.
In that poll, with Trump in the 2024 field, 55 percent of participants indicated that they would vote for him, 21 percent for DeSantis. And, with Trump not in the 2024 field, 43 percent indicated that they would vote for DeSantis.
And, these results, both the February and July 2021 CPAC polls, are in line with many other polls that also have Trump and DeSantis as the Republican frontrunners for 2024. One recent poll even had Trump and DeSantis in a virtual tie.
What we still do not know, of course, is whether either individual is going to run in 2024. Trump has hinted that he is going to, but he has yet to make any kind of definitive statement.
And, it appears that DeSantis, for his part, is waiting to see what Trump decides. Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has revealed that if Trump does run, then it is unlikely that DeSantis will run against him.
It remains unclear whether a 2024 Trump/DeSantis ticket is a possibility. But, the idea does seem to be gaining popularity among Republicans.