Democrats tried to run former President Donald Trump out of town in disgrace. However, he still holds mass appeal almost a year after leaving Washington, D.C.
Respondents in a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey overwhelmingly chose Trump as their preferred candidate to run against President Joe Biden in 2024, Breitbart reported. The former president was the runaway GOP favorite, even besting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the early December poll.
Despite years of Democrat attacks against him and media smears, 54% of Republicans still want to see Trump on the 2024 ticket. Shockingly, DeSantis was only favored by 11% as the second choice, revealing the staying power for Trump.
Among Republicans, Trump enjoys an 82% favorability rating, including 52% who report being “very” favorable toward the former president. Though his disapproval mirrors that number among Democrats, Trump’s strong support among his base is more valuable than cross-over appeal.
Other respondents’ choices included former Vice President Mike Pence, who came in behind DeSantis with only 8%. Nikki Haley, former U.N. ambassador, was next with 4%, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) behind her with 4%.
The rest — including rising stars like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and stale leftovers like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — hovered at 2% or less each. Still, 14% of GOP voters reported being “not sure” who they’d actually support come Election Day 2024.
Trump has not announced his intentions to run for president again, but all eyes are on him as poll after poll shows his enduring popularity. At the same time, a survey by Real Clear Politics already has the former president beating President Joe Biden, who is increasingly unpopular, by as much as five points, according to Newsweek.
The Democratic party is hanging its hopes on its geriatric president who continues to run the country into the ground with his botched COVID-19 response, rising inflation, out-of-control illegal immigration, and general incompetence. Although the GOP has no shortage of viable candidates besides, it seems Trump is still the odds-on favorite.