(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump continues to hold solid support among Republican voters, according to a new survey, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis running a solid second place ahead of 2024.
A survey conducted by the Trafalgar Group said that about half of GOP voters “absolutely” would back Trump in a Republican primary, while more than one-third would support DeSantis if Trump decides not to run in 2024.
Convention of States Action and pollsters from the right-leaning Trafalgar Group found that, meanwhile, about 49% of those surveyed would back Trump for certain, while another 12% said they ‘likely’ would. A fifth of those surveyed said they would not back Trump.
In a GOP primary without Trump in it, 35% said they would back DeSantis who continues to maintain a high profile as he continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and various Biden administration initiatives.
Pollsters said 15% would support Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, while 10% back former Vice President Mike Pence, 10% like Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and 6% would support former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Survey respondents who identified as “pro-Trump Republicans” are really high on DeSantis if Trump decides to sit out the 2024 election, with 48% backing him versus 20% who would back Cruz, putting the Texas Republican in second place.
“Republican voters clearly support anti-establishment candidates and a Trump run in 2024. If President Trump doesn’t run, voters widely prefer Gov. Ron DeSantis. Both men represent a return to constitutional principles, common sense leadership, and the courage to stand against Washington, D.C.,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, a nonprofit project that advocates for a smaller, less intrusive federal government.
“In contrast, there is little support for the inside-the-Beltway Republicans who are providing tepid opposition to Biden’s far-left agenda,” he added.