GOP support for former President Donald Trump’s third consecutive bid for the White House has fallen over the past few months, with most Republican voters likely to continue his policies in 2024, according to a poll released Tuesday. they said they would prefer another candidate. .
Thirty-one percent of Republicans and Republican independents said they wanted Trump, 76, to run for re-election in two years, while 61 percent said they would prefer another GOP standard-bearer. USA Today/Suffolk University poll found. .
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44, is their preferred choice.
The poll shows DeSantis, who won re-election on Nov. 8, leads Trump by 23 percentage points (56 percent to 33 percent). .
About two-thirds of Republicans and GOP-leaning voters (65%) say the governor should run for the White House in 2024, compared to just 24% who say he shouldn’t.
“Republicans and conservative independents increasingly want Trumpism without Trump,” David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Center for Policy Studies, told USA Today.
Trump, who has faced state and federal investigations into the 2020 election cancellations and storage of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort, has seen his approval ratings for a third term among Republicans plummet, falling from 60 in recent months. July % support up to 56% in October, now 47%.
The former president also saw his approval rating among Republican loyalists drop from 75% in October to 64% in December.
According to the poll, Trump is trailing President Biden 47% to 40% in the projected 2024 matchup.
But DeSantis leads Biden 47% to 43% in the projected 2024 election.
The poll also showed a slight improvement in Biden’s approval rating, rising to 46 percent from October, while his negative rating fell to 50 percent.
But among Democrats, support for the 80-year-old Biden’s potential re-election bid fell from 45% to 40% over the same period. Only 23 percent of voters want the president to run again.
The poll polled 1,000 registered voters between Dec. 7 and Dec. 11, including 374 Republicans and Republican independents.
The poll of all registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The poll of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.