Former President Trump easily topped the 2024 Republican presidential poll at the CPAC meeting this weekend in Texas.
Trump, who has repeatedly hinted at making another attempt for president in 2024 to try and get back into the White House, got 70% of the vote in the poll, according to the results announced this Sunday afternoon.
That’s a big increase from the 55% support he got in the 2024 GOP primary poll in late February.
“I want to personally thank all of you for your amazing support,” Trump said as he addressed CPAC to give his keynote address.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was in a distant second, at 21%. No one else in the 19 possible 2024 GOP White House contestants were over 1%.
DeSantis, who is a first-term governor and Donald Trump ally who sky-rocketed in popularity among conservatives across the nation for his fighting against lockdowns and restrictions during the covid pandemic, easily beat a second 2024 ballot question – without Donald Trump being on the ballot.
DeSantis got 68% support on this question, with Mike Pompeo getting 5%. Trump Jr. and Senator Ted Cruz were both at 4%, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem got 3%. No other candidate got over 2%.
Trump’s great performance is not a surprise. CPAC, which is the most influential meeting of conservatives, has been wildly pro-Trump since 2016.
Eighty-eight percent of the 1,525 attenders at CPAC cast their ballots to say they strongly support the job that Trump did in Washington, with another 10% somewhat agreeing.
CPAC attendees also answered – through an anonymous online app – a 20-question survey created by organizers. The organizers say this will give them a look at the pulse of conservatives in America. The questions asked were concerning critical race theory and border security, among others.
The previous poll at the last CPAC event, Governor DeSantis, who got second place with 21% backing, was the only other GOP member to get to double digits.
DeSantis wont the poll question in Orlando, which did not include Donald Trump, getting a 43% support in the nomination question, with Noem getting second at 11%.
Author: Steven Sinclaire