As speculation about possible contenders for the 2024 presidential race heats up, a new poll suggests that former President Donald Trump enjoys a degree of early support that even he might find surprising, and one which should — if it is ever disseminated by the media — send shockwaves among those expecting Vice President Kamala Harris to assume her party’s mantle in the next election.
The Washington Examiner reports that according to a new survey from McLaughlin & Associates, more than 75% of Republican voters want Trump to seek a return to the White House in 2024, with 83% of respondents also indicating their willingness to vote for him in the general election if he does.
According to the poll, Trump has virtually no serious competition in terms of the Republican primary contest, pulling in 57% support. Former Vice President Mike Pence came in a distant second at 10%, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis taking 8%, and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley securing 5% support.
John and Jim McLaughlin, the pair of brothers behind the poll, noted that Trump appears to be gaining support as time goes on, saying, according to the Examiner, “All the relentless attacks against President Trump have backfired and will continue to backfire.”The duo continued, stating, “The voters want results, but not the kind they are getting from [President Joe] Biden and Harris.”
Also of interest in the poll results is the fact that 51% of Biden stalwarts do not believe he will finish out the current term and expect that Harris will be in the Oval Office at the time of the next presidential election, making her the likely choice to carry the Democrats’ banner into 2024 cycle.
Should that prediction prove true, Trump’s prospects remain strong, with the McLaughlin survey revealing that as of now, the former president wins in a head-to-head match-up with Harris by a margin of 49% to 45%.
Though Trump has yet to formally declare whether he plans another run for the White House, he has been dropping hints about his intentions. During a recent discussion with conservative commentator Candace Owens, the former president indicated that his supporters are likely to “be very, very happy when [he makes] a certain announcement,” as The Hill noted.
Adding even more grist for the rumor mill about his future plans, Trump revealed earlier this month that he plans to hold no fewer than three of his large, rally-style events over summer, something sure to further energize the MAGA base that seems to be clamoring for his return to the political arena.
Regardless of how, when, or where Trump lets the American public in on his vision for the next few years, these recent poll results certainly give Vice President Harris and her fellow Democrats something to think about as they continue to foist their radical, costly, and woke agenda on an increasingly unwilling electorate.