- A majority of Republicans surveyed in a new poll — 54 percent — said they would vote for President Trump in 2024.
- Vice President Mike Pence came in second, with 12% support among GOP voters.
- The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., won 8%.
US President Donald Trump might have been defeated but he hasn’t been sent into political oblivion just yet. According to the first poll conducted after the elections some believe has been won by Joe Biden, the current US President is today the figure with the highest level of support in a 2024 Republican presidential primary four years from now.
There is no doubt that four years in the world of politics is an eternity, but the nature of American politics is that the country lives in a quasi-permanent campaign climate. With the 2020 elections allegedly won by Joe Biden, speculation is already rife on who will be the Republican Party’s presidential standard-bearer in the next elections, which are four years away.
That question was put into perspective in the first poll after the Nov. 3 elections. Republicans were asked who they would support in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries. In the opinion poll, Donald Trump emerged as the most popular candidate, by a substantial margin.
As per the poll results, commissioned by Morning Consult and Politico, 54% of Republican respondents said they would vote for President Trump again in 2024. Vice President Mike Pence came in second, with 12% support among GOP voters. The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., won 8% support from respondents.
Other names on the list include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), with 4%; former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley, also with 4%; and 2012 Republican nominee and current Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), with 3%. The rest trailed “someone else,” who attracted 3% of respondents.
Nothing indicates that these numbers will be maintained in the future, but the popularity that President Trump still enjoys today among Republicans is simply impressive. The Republican base support remains strong and even many cling to the hope that the final result of the election will change.
Technically, if Biden assumes office, Trump is in a position to run again in a presidential election because he has only served one term. In 2024, he would be close to 80 years old (he will be 78). It is an advanced age for candidacy, but then again, Joe Biden, who just turned 78, could be the oldest person ever to hold the office. He is living proof that it is, after all, a possible scenario.
The same poll also asked about impressions on how Biden is handling the transition. Among Democratic voters, his approval ratings are 62 percent, while that of Republican voters fell to 27 percent.
One issue that seems to generate fewer partisan divisions is Biden’s first 100 days in office. Of those consulted, 68 percent agree that the coronavirus should be a central issue in the first days of the administration. Similarly, 67 percent of those surveyed agreed that a new economic aid package for the pandemic should be debated, and that the distribution of the vaccine should be a state policy.