66 percent of GOP want Trump to run for reelection: poll

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, before boarding Marine One to begin their trip to Florida. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

A majority of Republicans want former President Trump to run for the White House in 2024, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Sixty-six percent of Republicans say they want Trump to run for a third time, compared with 25 percent of Republicans who say the former president should not run in 2024.

Eighty-five percent of Republicans polled said they want candidates running for elected office to agree with the former president, compared to just 10 percent who said they want contenders to mostly disagree with him.

The number is another indication that the former president remains a leader in the Republican party.

“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,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy.

Trump has previously stated a potential third White House campaign.

“I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time,” Trump said earlier 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.”

On May 25, Trump released a statement:

A new Ipsos/Reuters poll ‘Beliefs Among Republicans’ shows 53% believe Donald Trump is the true President (I always knew America was smart!). 2020 Election was tainted 56%. The Election was stolen (and Rigged!) 61%.

Trump has endorsed a number of Republicans, including incumbents and some primary challengers to sitting lawmakers.

Through statements released from his office, the former president has also criticized the results of the November presidential race.

Besides, sixty-six percent of Republicans in the Quinnipiac poll say that President Biden’s victory was not legitimate.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,316 adults from May 18-24 and has a margin of error of 2.7 percent.

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