A majority of Republicans want former President Donald Trump to take a third crack at the White House in 2024, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, found that 66 percent of Republicans would like to see Trump run again after experiencing defeat in the 2020 presidential election, while 30 percent say the former president should not run in 2024.
Among all voters who participated in the poll, only 30 percent said that Trump should run in 2024, while 66 percent said that he should not run.
Eighty-five percent of Republicans polled said they would prefer to see candidates running for office that mostly align and agree with Trump, while just 10 percent of Republican survey participants said they want to see candidates pursuing office that disagree with the former president.
“The numbers fly in the face of any predictions that Donald Trump’s political future is in decline. By a substantial majority, Republicans: (1) believe the election was stolen from him, (2) want Trump to run again, and (3), if they can’t vote for Trump, prefer someone who agrees with him,” Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University polling analyst, said.
The poll’s findings indicate that Trump still maintains an iron-like grip over the GOP, despite his inability to digitally communicate with voters as the former president has been banned either temporarily or permanently from major social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for his involvement in the insurrection on the Capitol building in January.
“I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time,” Trump said this month. “As you know, it’s very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”
The poll also found that 84 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Trump, while just 13 percent of Republicans polled have an unfavorable view of the former president.
Thirty-seven percent of all poll participants have a favorable view of Trump, while 57 percent have an unfavorable view.
The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,316 adults between May 18 and 24 with a margin of error of 2.7 percent.
Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and The Hill.