by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
More Americans want to see former President Trump as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024 than want to see President Joe Biden at the top of the Democratic ticket, the latest data from the I&I/TIPP Poll show.
Registered voters across the country were asked in April’s I&I Poll, “Who do you want to see run for president on the Republican ticket in 2024?” That was a companion question to a similar one asked about the Democrats.
While this is not the same as taking a poll of a head-to-head matchup between two specific candidates, the results do indicate preferences and political leanings within both major parties and among independents that will powerfully affect the results of upcoming elections.
Some 23% of all those queried said they wanted Donald Trump to head the Republican presidential ticket, compared to just 19% for Biden. …
…But a number of other Republicans get support, though none got even half of Trump’s backing. That includes former Vice President Mike Pence (11%), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (7%), and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley (4%).
Another group of candidates were clustered at 2% support, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
Finally came a long list of those garnering just 1%, including New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott, with just a handful of supporters, received the statistical equivalent of 0%, while “Other” was supported by 8%, more than any of the named candidates, other than Trump and Pence.