Nearly six in 10 Republicans support Donald Trump’s potential 2024 bid to return to the White House, a new survey found.
The latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll shows the previous president is still a popular candidate for GOP endorsement. Trump received 58% of GOP responses, even though his campaign was not officially announced at the time of publication.
Former Vice President Mike Pence secured second place with 13% and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) 9%. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley each received 3%. None of them came close to Trump.
“[The previous president] has a strong lead in the Republican primary, especially among the most dedicated Republicans,” survey co-director Mark Penn said according to The Hill.
BL understands much of this support could be the result of various pro-Trump rallies in Alabama (August 21), Georgia (September 25) and in Iowa (October 9).
If Trump is excluded from poll results Pence has 32% of the vote, Ron DeSantis 20%, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) 14%.
Overall 51% of respondents believe Trump is a better president than incumbent Joe Biden.
Penn believes the previous president’s improved popularity is partly due to him no longer being in public office. Although Trump has a weaker social network presence, his ban on multiple platforms seemingly increased his popularity with an “unprecedented” 48% favorable rating.
The poll was conducted between September 15 and 16 among 1,578 registered voters. A total of 490 of respondents are Republicans with a 4% error margin.
Trump was previously invited to be a commentator at a 2020 Ultimate Fighting Championship match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort.
The audience shouted “We love Trump.” The then president predicted a boxing match between him and Joe Biden would end in the Democrat being knocked out.
“My easiest fight would be against Joe Biden, since I would knock him down very, very quickly,” he previously said.
Donald Trump just called in to the Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort press conference ahead of his commentary gig on Saturday night and said he would easily KO Joe Biden if they fought…— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 9, 2021
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