Former President Trump is now dominating the GOP Primary in a hypothetical matchup in a Reuters survey.
They surveyed respondents and asked, “Thinking about the election coming in 2024, who would you support as the GOP nominee for president?”
In total, a majority, 54 percent of GOP members said they would back Trump. Only one other possible candidate got double digit support — Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who got 11 percent support. However, that still makes him 43 points below the former president.
Former VP Mike Pence came in third with about eight percent support, then former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley (with four percent), and Senator Ted Cruz (three percent). Remaining possible candidates, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, former Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Josh Hawley, and former NJ Governor Chris Christie all got two percent support or under. Overall, 14 percent of GOP members said they are “not sure” who they would end up supporting.
The poll also looked at how favorable Trump is, getting 46 percent at least going toward a favorable opinion of him, compared to around 56 percent who going toward having an unfavorable opinion of him. However, 82 percent of GOP members have a favorable opinion of Trump, including 52 percent who state they have a “very” favorable opinion.
The survey, done on December 13-17, 2021, with 4,406 adults, has a margin of error of around +/- 1.7 percent.
The survey shows similar results to a Harris/Harvard poll published last month, which discovered that Trump was leading the GOP Primary field by around 58 percentage points.
This comes at a time when Joe Biden is going in the opposite direction among his own voters and nationally. With more and more Americans angered by out of control inflation and other problems going into 2022, it is no wonder that President Biden has seen such a large fall in approval ratings.
With 2024 still some time away, anything could happen in the upcoming presidential election. But one thing we know for sure is that it will be a heated battle given the current state of the nation.
Author: Steven Sinclaire