While Donald Trump has not confirmed whether or not he plans to run for president again in 2024, a new poll has given him some very good news, should he be thinking about doing so.
The Hill reported that a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll has Trump dominating the field of potential contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The poll gives Trump 57 percent support among Republican voters, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis coming in distant second with just 12 percent of support. Third place went to former Vice President Mike Pence, who got 11 percent support among Republican voters, and no other potential candidate was able to score in the double digits in this poll.
Should Trump decide not to run, however, DeSantis is the frontrunner in a field without the former president, garnering 30 percent support. Behind him is Pence once again with 24 percent support, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) coming in third with 14 percent support in this scenario.
Though Trump has yet to confirm that he’s running again, he’s teased that he’s doing so multiple times over the past year. He’ll certainly find the results of this poll to be encouraging, as it shows that he continues to have a strong hold over the Republican Party.
As for President Joe Biden, the poll showed that he does not have nearly the support among Democrats that Trump has among Republicans. He has a measly 32 percent support in a hypothetical Democratic primary, according to the poll, with Vice President Kamala Harris in second with 14 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are meanwhile tied for third with 11 percent support each.
If Biden decides not to run again, Harris becomes the frontrunner with 24 percent support, with Clinton in second at 17 percent support and Sanders in third with 12 percent. Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, warned against reading too much into this poll, however.
“It’s way too early to make predictions about 2024 as early polls usually end up not being a good predictor of what happens,” he said.
“Trump is starting out in a fairly strong position with Republicans while Biden and Harris have surprisingly little support among Democrats for incumbents,” Penn continued. “Trump is also starting out reasonably well positioned for the general but he seems to be benefiting by being out of the limelight and no telling what would happen if he steps back in.”
Trump told Fox News back in November that he will “probably” announce his decision about 2024 after the midterm elections later this year.
“I am certainly thinking about it and we’ll see,” Trump said. “I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision, and probably will announce that after the midterms.”
Trump added that “a lot of great people who are thinking about running are waiting for that decision, because they’re not going to run if I run.”
When asked in September if he plans to run in 2024, Trump replied, “I don’t think we’re going to have a choice. It is getting to a point where we really have no choice.”
It remains to be seen what Trump will ultimately decide to do.