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Most Republicans want Trump to run again despite his vast unpopularity with everyone else

A poll found that 60% of Republicans want former President Donald Trump to try again in 2024.

By Josh Israel - November 18, 2021
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A new poll suggests a majority of Republicans want former President Donald Trump to try for the White House again in 2024 — but the vast majority of Americans do not.

A national survey of adults released Thursday by Marquette Law School found that by a 60%-40% margin, those who identify as Republicans would like Trump to run in the next presidential election. But overall, just 28% of those surveyed want to see another Trump campaign, versus 71% who do not.

The poll results show 73% of independents and 94% of Democrats against Trump running again.

While 73% of Republicans say they have a favorable view of the one-term president, just 32% do overall — and 65% of Americans hold an unfavorable opinion of him.

This puts him well below President Joe Biden, whose rating in the poll is at 45% favorable, 49% unfavorable, and 6% unable to give a rating. The survey puts Biden’s overall job approval rating at 49%.

This survey comes as Trump is hinting he will mount another presidential campaign. On Nov. 8, he told Fox News, “I am certainly thinking about it and we’ll see. I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision, and probably will announce that after the midterms.”

He boasted that “a lot of great people who are thinking about running are waiting for that decision, because they’re not going to run if I run.”

After winning in the Electoral College in 2016 despite getting 3 million fewer votes than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump badly lost both the popular and the electoral votes in 2020.

Biden won 306 of the 538 electors, a margin Trump himself deemed a “landslide” four years earlier when it went in his favor, and received over 7 million votes more than the incumbent.

Days after plotting to overturn the election results and egging on supporters who then rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Trump left office on Jan. 20 with a historically low approval rating of 29%.

He has spent much of the time since then falsely claiming the election was stolen from him and threatening retribution against his political enemies — a strategy that does not appear to have helped his national popularity.

After Republican Virginia gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin narrowly won earlier this month, Trump claimed credit for the result. “I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin,” he wrote. “Without you, he would not have been close to winning. The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before.” Trump had endorsed Youngkin, but the two had not campaigned together.

Trump faces a number of legal issues between now and the next election. His company is under criminal indictment on tax fraud charges in New York; a select House committee is investigating the Capitol insurrection and his administration’s possible involvement; and Congress is still working through the federal courts to obtain his tax returns.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.


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