Former President Donald Trump remains popular with the right as a new poll says that nearly half of Republicans will join Trump if he forms a new party. A new Suffolk University-USA Today survey released Sunday said that 46% of Republicans would abandon the GOP and join Trump. Meanwhile, 27% said they will stay with the Republican Party, while another 27% remain undecided. The Suffolk University-USA Today poll covers 1,000 Trump voters identified from 2020 polls between February 15 to 19. The poll features a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Republicans WIll Join Trump
“We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day. But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back,” said an anonymous Milwaukee Republican and small-business owner.
In addition, around half of respondents say that the GOP should remain loyal to the former President. 19% thought otherwise, believing that the party should reduce their loyalty to Trump. Even with the impeachment, only 4% reported dropping their support. Meanwhile, 42% said their support for Trump increased, while 54% said the impeachment did not change anything.
Run Again in 2024
Also, 59% of respondents said they want Trump to run again as President in the 2024 polls. 29% said they didn’t want him to run. However, an overwhelming 76% said they would support former President Trump if ever he did run.
At present, the former President has not given any indication of his political plans. Trump senior adviser Jason Miller said that they will focus on efforts to regain the House and the Senate majority for the GOP. “Our goal is to win back the House and Senate. We’ll be looking at open seats, Democratic-held seats, and maybe there are places where we look for upgrades and more MAGA-friendly voices. I have no idea why McConnell decided to lash out at the president this way, but when you do, you can expect to get hit back,” Miller added.
At Odds With McConnell
However, Trump did deliver scathing remarks against his party mate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership,” he said.
The remarks were a reply to McConnell’s earlier outburst against Trump. While the Kentucky senator did not vote to convict Trump, he said he voted to acquit him because he believes the impeachment was unconstitutional. However, McConnell did hold Trump morally responsible for the January 6 riots. He also alluded that the door is open for a potential criminal suit.
Speaking at CPAC
Meanwhile, the former president is set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando next weekend. His message will focus on “the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,” according to the New York Post.
Many conservative members and political donors want the Republican Party to distance itself from Trump. However, the overwhelming support for Trump shown by the poll questions the viability of dumping the former president. Even as Republicans will join Trump given the opportunity, some party members still insist that it’s a winning strategy to move away from the former president. “The GOP must focus on nominating candidates that can win in the fall of 2022 and stop the Trump litmus test,” political strategist Scott Reed said.
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