WASHINGTON (The Hill) — Close to half of Republican primary voters want someone other than former President Donald Trump to run in 2024, according to a new poll that comes as he considers an early announcement of another White House bid.
When respondents in The New York Times/Siena College poll were asked who they would vote for should the 2024 GOP primary be held today, voters offered the most support to Trump with 49% backing the former president. Forty-seven percent, however, indicated they would support another Republican nominee. Support for the former president drops to 41% among GOP primary voters between the ages of 18 and 28 years old and 44% for those between the ages of 30 and 44 years old, pollsters noted.
The Times added that 65% of Republican primary voters with at least a college degree and 64% of those under 35 years old would vote against the former president in a primary—key groups of the Republican base that would be crucial to the former president’s support. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R ) received the second-highest support among primary voters when respondents were asked who they would vote for in a Republican presidential primary for 2024 at 25%.
He’s the only candidate besides Trump to receive double-digit support. Former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and “someone else” registered single-digit support in the survey.
The polling comes as Trump mulls a third presidential bid, which he has at times teased but has not formally announced. Multiple sources told The Hill that there has been some discussion of Trump making an announcement as soon as this summer. The New York Times/Siena College poll was conducted between July 5 and July 7 with 849 registered voters. The margin of sampling error is 4.1%.