(PatriotWise.com) – A recent USA Today/Suffolk University Poll found that a sizable majority of Republicans now believe it’s time to forget about former President Donald Trump amid a flurry of cultural controversies, political setbacks, and legal entanglements.
According to Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos, “Republicans and conservative independents increasingly want Trumpism without Trump,” he put it succinctly.
Republicans were asked if they wanted Trump to run and carry out the policies he did while in office, and 31% said yes. In addition, they asked if they wished Republicans to continue Trump’s administration’s policies, to which 61% responded in the affirmative.
According to Susan Page’s article for USA Today:
Republican support for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign has plummeted as the former president struggles with midterm defeats and legal setbacks.
By a margin of 2-1, Republicans and Republicans with a lean say they support Trump’s policies but want a different candidate to carry them out. 31% want the former president to run, but 61% would rather have a Republican nominee who would carry on the same policies that Trump has.
They are thinking of the name Ron DeSantis, according to two-thirds of Republicans and Republicans who lean that way. They favor DeSantis over Trump by a sizable margin, 56% to 33%.
Trump has been involved in many news stories since announcing his intention to run for president in 2024, many of which have not necessarily been advantageous to him politically.
At Mar-a-Lago, he had a private meal with the anti-Semite Kanye West and the White Nationalist Nick Fuentes. After leaving office, he lost several legal battles involving accusations of illegally possessing classified documents, and his hand-picked candidates in swing states lost the midterm elections by an astounding two out of fourteen.
The results are a warning sign for Trump, whose base of support has remained remarkably stable despite controversies surrounding his personal conduct, provocative rhetoric, and most controversial acts while in the White House.
He has come under more and more fire due to his part in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, his alleged handling of private documents after leaving the White House, and inquiries into attempts to rig the 2020 election.
DeSantis looks more like the favorite to win the Republican nomination with each passing day.
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