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.

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