Republicans overwhelmingly back former President Donald Trump as the leader of their party but are split about whether he should be their standard-bearer in 2024, a new poll released Sunday shows.
Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say – by 63 percent to 37 percent – that Trump should continue to be the leader of the Republican Party, a CNN survey found.
When asked whether Trump should top the ticket in 2024, 51 percent said his presence would help Republicans reclaim the White House, but 48 percent said they believe the party would fare better with another nominee.
In March 2019, 78 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said the GOP had a better chance to win the White House if Trump was the nominee in 2024 compared to the 17 percent who opted for another candidate.
Among those who believe the GOP stands a better chance with Trump as the nominee are 53 percent of men, 48 percent of women and 53 percent people of color, the poll found.
But 51 percent of women said the party should go with another nominee.
The survey also found that 59 percent of whites without a college degree back a 2024 Trump run, while only 32 percent of whites with a college degree think so.
Trump hasn’t announced whether he’s going to run for president in 2024, but asked directly while visiting firefighters and police near the Trump Tower on Saturday, he said: “I think you’re going to be very happy.”
The CNN poll was conducted between Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 and surveyed 2,119 adults.
It has a plus/minus 2.8 percentage points margin of error.