A new Pew Research Center poll shows that 44% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents would hope that Donald Trump does run to become the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.
A huge majority – two-thirds – want the former president to remain a major national figure.
The poll’s mixed results come as President Biden’s approval rating tanks and Democrats hold the slightest of majorities in both houses of Congress.
Pew reported, “Two-thirds of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they would like to see former President Donald Trump continue to be a major political figure for many years to come, including 44% who say they would like him to run for president in 2024.”
“About one-in-five Republicans (22%) say that while they would like Trump to continue to be a major political figure in the United States, they would prefer he use his stature to support another presidential candidate who shares his views in the 2024 election rather than run for office himself,” Pew noted.
Of the potential GOP candidates in 2024, only one, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, really fits into the Trump mold.
The poll also found that “About a third of Republicans (32%) say they would not like Trump to remain a national political figure for many years to come.”
Also noteworthy is that the number of Republicans who want Trump to remain a major figure in American politics has increased from 57 percent in January to 67 percent today.
That’s a ten point jump.
This jump is comparable to how other major polls have shown bad signs for Democrats compared to Trump and his GOP as the midterm elections approach.
A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday reported, “Americans were asked, if the election were held today, would they rather see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States House of Representatives.”
“Forty-six percent say they would rather see the Republican Party win control, while 43 percent say the Democratic Party, with 11 percent not offering an opinion,” Quinnipiac observed.
A Gallup poll published on Thursday showed that “Americans by significant margins now view the Republican Party as better than the Democratic Party at protecting the nation from international threats (54% to 39%, respectively) and at ensuring the nation remains prosperous (50% to 41%).”
“The 15-percentage-point GOP advantage on security matters is its largest since 2015, while its nine-point edge on prosperity is its largest since 2014,” Gallup noted.
The survey continued, “Last year, the GOP had a narrow advantage on international matters while the parties were essentially tied on economic matters. … Meanwhile, the public is narrowly divided (41% Republican Party, 38% Democratic Party) as to which party can better handle whichever issue it deems the most important facing the country.”
“Americans most commonly name the coronavirus pandemic or the government itself as the most important problem,” Gallup highlighted.
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