According to a recent Politico-Morning Consult poll, former President Trump’s support among Republicans stayed mostly unchanged when he officially entered the 2024 campaign. In the pollster’s most recent study, 45 per cent of Republicans backed Trump, compared to 47 per cent in a survey conducted soon before his announcement.
The former president had hinted at launching a third presidential bid for weeks before officially announcing his candidacy at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago last week. Even though no significant Republican has publicly challenged Trump for the nomination, a few members of his previous cabinet and other GOP leaders have admitted they are thinking about it.
With 30% of Republicans stating they would support him if the Republican presidential primary were conducted today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) came in as the No. 2 choice among respondents. DeSantis has frequently been rated as Trump’s most formidable opponent in polls, and some have even put him ahead of Trump.
“@MacStipanovich , a former Republican political strategist… said he didn’t think a single Republican legislator would “have the nerve” to go up against DeSantis.⁰⁰“We may as well not even have a legislature for the next four years,” he said.https://t.co/6DEriFG7Gy
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) November 21, 2022
In recent days, Trump has attacked the governor of Florida, calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious” earlier this month. In the survey, support for every other candidate was in the single digits. Seven per cent of respondents backed former vice president Mike Pence, up from 5 per cent in the pollster’s earlier-month survey.
Pence has indicated that he is thinking about running, stating that the Republican primary field will feature “better choices” than Trump. He also said he would decide with his family over the Christmas break.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and former U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley each earned support from 2% of respondents. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) received permission from 3% of respondents.
The most current poll was conducted on November 18–20 with 2,018 registered voters, including 849 likely GOP primary voters who might be interested in voting in the 2024 election. There is a plus or minus two percentage point margin of error for the entire sample.