Former President Donald Trump’s plan to enter the 2024 race early and loudly was meant to be a deterrent to other, lesser-known potential GOP candidates, but it’s not exactly working out the way that he had hoped.
We’ve already heard hints and whispers of coming announcements from folks like Nikki Haley and Mike Pence, and others, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, are doing all of the behind-the-scenes legwork without having committed the idea to the public discourse quite yet.
And, what’s worse for the former President is that Republicans appear to be rather receptive to the idea of a different candidate.
Republican support for Donald Trump’s presidential bid in 2024 has cratered, an exclusive USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, as the former president is beleaguered by midterm losses and courtroom setbacks.
By 2-1, GOP and GOP-leaning voters now say they want Trump’s policies but a different standard-bearer to carry them. While 31% want the former president to run, 61% prefer some other Republican nominee who would continue the policies Trump has pursued.Trending:
They have a name in mind: Two-thirds of Republicans and those inclined to vote Republican want Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for president. By double digits, 56% to 33%, they prefer DeSantis over Trump.
And it’s the name and not the message that is steering these results.
“Republicans and conservative independents increasingly want Trumpism without Trump,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.
Trump has already been feuding with DeSantis over his apparent plans to explore a possible campaign, and this latest polling could have him ready to rage.