Who do Republicans want to be their candidate in the 2024 US Presidential elections? Donald Trump, or possibly his son, says a national poll.

30 November 2020 By Paul Martin

A super-majority — 68% of Republicans and those who voted independently in the Republican primaries — want President Donald Trump to run again in 2024, according to a new Newsmax/McLaughlin Associates poll.

Here are highlights from the Newsmax/McLaughlin poll:

  • In all, 53% of Republican primary voters say they would favor Trump in a field of 13 potential challengers, including Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pence finished second with 9%. None of the other potential candidates finished with more than 4%. “In a crowded field of 14 possible candidates for the 2024 Republican primary, no one comes close to President Trump,” pollster John McLaughlin said.
  • If Trump does not run again in 2024, Pence and Donald Trump Jr. then appear tied for the lead with 20% each.

Don Jr., the president’s eldest son and the most politically active of Trump’s children, has apparently enjoyed the talk of a 2024 bid.

In October, he tweeted a picture of himself standing in front of a “Don Jr. 2024” sign, saying that “this will make lib heads explode.”

The poll, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates between Nov. 21 and 23, surveyed 1,000 likely general election voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

President Donald Trump, now 74, will still be the leading Republican presidential candidate in 2024, according to the latest Morning Consult Poll for Politico released Tuesday. (That poll shows a majority of all voters disapproving of Trump’s current presidency, though.)

The president is favoured as the Republican cadidate for 2024 by 53% of GOP voters in the poll, easily outdistancing a large field. The results (4 per cent or more) were:

  • Donald Trump 53%.
  • Mike Pence 12%.
  • Donald Trump Jr. 8%.
  • Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, 4%.
  • Former Amb. Nikki Haley 4%.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas 4%.
  • Would not vote 5%.

“Donald Trump Jr. showed surprising strength in the poll, lending credence to the notion the Trump name will remain a strong GOP brand,” Newsmax stated.

If President Trump were to run in 2024, he would be the same age as Joe Biden, 78, in his presidential campaign.

There has been just one president to serve non-consecutive terms in U.S. history: Democrat Grover Cleveland in the late 1800s.

Morning Consult polled 1,990 registered voters and 765 GOP voters from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23 with a main sample margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.