Donald Trump can spread his big lie, but the reality is that he is a loser whose popularity with Republicans is plummeting.
The AP noted that Republicans are not enthusiastic about a Trump comeback: “His popularity among Republicans is waning somewhat, with 71% saying they have a favorable opinion of Trump, compared to 78% in an AP poll.” -NORC/USAFacts in September 2020. But the new poll shows only a slim majority of Republicans — 56% — want him to run for president in 2024. The poll found that 44% of Republicans do not want Trump to run.”
In October 2021, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 78% of Republicans wanted Trump to run again.
Trump is gone and many Republicans are moving on
There are several reasons Republicans might not be thrilled that Trump is running. Most logically, Trump has left the national stage and many Republicans have moved on.
Trump appears to have overestimated the loyalty of Republican voters. Many of them are not sitting longingly counting the seconds until Trump returns. While their party is still steeped in Trumpism, many of them don’t need the man himself back.
In 2016 Trump sold himself to the Republicans as the winner, but in 2020 his mark was shaken when he lost to Joe Biden. The man who promised Republicans so much gain is now a loser and his mythology has been shattered.
After all, sequels are never as good as the original, with rare exceptions, Trump plays his weary greatest hits, and polls suggest his performance has grown stale and boring, even for some Republicans.
Trump could still be the Republican nominee in 2024, but don’t expect Republicans to be happy about that.
Trump’s slowing demand is a warning sign that Democrats should pay close attention to.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association