Most Republicans continue to back former President Donald Trump as the Republican Party frontrunner in the 2024 presidential election, a University of Massachusetts Amherst revealed Friday.
The survey asked Republican respondents to rank their top three choices for individuals to run as the GOP candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
Most, 55%, chose Trump as their first choice. This figure is unchanged from the 55% who said the same five months ago in December 2021.
Another 20% picked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as their top pick, with no other candidates coming close.
Despite Trump’s firm grip on the former, DeSantis remains the second choice among Republicans, as 34% chose him in that category. That’s down 3% from the 37% who picked him as their runner-up contender in December 2021.
Another 25% picked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as the third pick in the roster, behind Trump and DeSantis.
The survey asked the same of Democrats in the ranking of the Democratic presidential candidate in 2024. Although it showed that Biden was in the lead, he failed to win majority support as a first candidate, seeing only 33%. Perhaps most significantly, the number represents a seven-point drop from the 40% who chose Biden in December 2021, further demonstrating the reality of Biden’s waning support, even among members of his own party.
Notably, 17% of voters chose Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as their first-choice candidate, but he also ran as the second-choice among Democrats, garnering 19% support. Third place remained tied between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and “someone else,” with both earning 15%.
The full survey was conducted May 5-9, 2022 with 1,000 respondents and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. It comes as Biden continues to struggle to rally Democrats ahead of the midterm elections as ‘frontline’ Democrats – those in vulnerable positions – plead with party leaders to pursue bipartisan legislation in hopes to save their majority in the wake of Biden’s incredible lack of popularity. .