Trump Enters 2022 As Clear GOP 2024 Presidential Frontrunner

Trump Enters 2022 As Clear GOP 2024 Presidential Frontrunner

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
January 3, 2022

Former President Trump holds a commanding lead compared to other potential Republican candidates in the 2024 presidential nomination, garnering the support of more than half of GOP voters, a new poll shows.

In a new Reuters/Ipsos national poll conducted mid-December, 1,592 Republicans over the age of 18 were asked who they would support in the 2024 election. At least 54 percent of Republican voters said they would support Trump as their Republican presidential nominee, followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with 11 percent, and former vice president Mike Pence garnishing only 8 percent support.

The poll also included other potential Republican nominees, such as former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who came in fourth with 4 percent of support, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 3 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie each receiving 2 percent.

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​Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) each finished with 1 percent.

Meanwhile, 14 percent responded, "not sure," when asked who they would support in 2024 for the GOP nominee.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll results echo other public polls regarding the question of selecting their pick for the 2024 GOP nomination.

While Trump has yet to make an official announcement on a 2024 White House comeback, he has noted that he wouldn't make any official announcement until after the 2022 midterm election and whether the GOP regains control of both House and Senate.

Meanwhile, President Biden recently confirmed his intention to run for a second term in 2024, setting up a potential 2020 rematch.

Regarding favorability rating, Biden has a 52 percent total favorability, slightly higher than Trump, who received 44 percent. Among unfavorability, 56 percent state they have an unfavorable view of Trump, while Biden received a 48 percent unfavorability rating.

Biden overall approval sits at 40.3 percent, according to an average of polls from Real Clear Politics. But, the president disapproval rating is a dismal 55.3 percent, confronting bleak political realities as Democrats head into 2022.

In the Reuters/Ipsos poll, both Trump and Biden have ​high familiarity ratings, with Biden having a slight edge over Trump – 99 percent to 98 percent, respectively. The other potential GOP candidates lag behind Trump in the familiarity ratings include Cruz at 92 percent, Christie at 82 percent, and DeSantis at 76 percent.

Among potential Democratic presidential candidates, Vice President Kamala Harris has a 96 percent familiarity rating while Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Georgia Gubnetorial Democrat Stacey Abrams both have a 76 percent familiarity rating.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted between Dec. 13 – 17 and surveyed 4,407 adults.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a political reporter for The Floridian covering Congress, the White House and Congressional elections.

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