In a potential wake-up call for the Republican establishment, new polling data suggests that nearly half of President Donald Trump voters could bolt the GOP and affiliate themselves with a Trump party. Even more want him to try to recapture the White House in 2024.
The survey that reflects strong support for the ex-president, conducted by Suffolk University/USA Today, supposedly found that 46 percent of the respondents were willing to switch to a Trump-created third party, with the remainder evenly divided between staying put and undecided.
Just under 60 percent favor a Trump 2024 presidential run, with 76 percent willing to support his nomination as a Republican candidate, and 85 percent ready to vote for him in the general election
More than half (54 percent) associated themselves with Trump personally rather than with the GOP. Accordingly, “Half of those polled say the GOP should become ‘more loyal to Trump,’ even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans,” USA Today noted.
Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said last month that the ex-POTUS is devoting his energy to winning back control of Congress for the Republican Party in 2022.
One Republican voter, 63, told USA Today that a breakaway party is unnecessary because of Trump’s track record: “I think he’s just going to, you know, take over the Republican Party, much as he did in 2016. They all kind of thought he was a big joke, and by the end, they weren’t laughing anymore.”
Against that backdrop, an overwhelming 80 percent of the respondents in the Suffolk Univ. poll were unenthusiastic about voting for any GOP lawmaker who supported impeachment 2.0. Ninety percent rejected the Democrats’ failed claim that Trump incited an insurrection at the Capitol.
The data was gathered this month from 1,000 Trump voters contacted by landline or cell phone. The poll has a stated margin of error of 3.1 percent.
Trump is set to reemerge on the public stage with a February 28 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., where he is expected to address the future of the Republican Party as well as provide a critique of Biden’s America Last policies.
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In due course, Trump also reportedly plans to start vetting MAGA candidates for the 2020 midterms, some of whom may primary incumbent Republicans.
One Trump voter, 27, told USA Today that, “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.”
The political establishment and the media continue to downplay the enduring loyalty of the Trump America First, populist coalition, even if some in that cohort don’t always agree with his personal style.
As Sundance at theConservative Treehouse has previously explained:
“The MAGA coalition is the most diverse, widest and deepest part of the entire American electorate. President Trump’s army consists of every creed, color, race, gender, ethnicity and orientation. It is a truly color-blind coalition of middle America patriots and middle-class voters that cuts through the political special interest groups.”
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