Coming on the same day that a Morning Consult survey had him leading the GOP race with a high of 61%, a Rasmussen Reports survey said that more than a majority of voters plan to vote for him.
And that includes Democrats.
Asked, “How likely are you to vote for former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election?” 30% of Democrats said “very” or “somewhat likely.” Some 50% of black people agreed, as did 80% of Republicans.
What’s more, voters appear so focused on Trump that they don’t care who he picks as vice president.
Likely voters overwhelmingly said that his choice for a running mate wouldn’t matter. Asked, “Would the choice of a vice-presidential candidate not make much difference in whether you vote for Trump?” 57% agreed. The rest were divided over his pick of a woman, a black person, or a nonpolitician.
The results showing Trump’s support appeared to surprise the analysts at Rasmussen, which has had the race close for months, unlike others such as the Washington Post showing a Trump blowout of President Joe Biden.
“Eighty percent of Republicans are likely to vote for Trump in 2024, including 64% who are ‘Very Likely’ to vote for him. Perhaps surprisingly, however, 30% of Democrats also say they’re at least somewhat likely to vote for Trump in next year’s presidential election. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 50% are at least somewhat likely to vote for Trump in 2024, including 32% who say it’s ‘Very Likely’ they’ll vote for the former president next year,” Rasmussen said.
The polling outfit added, “Majorities of every racial category — 53% of whites, 50% of black voters and 52% of other minorities — say they’re at least somewhat likely to vote for Trump in 2024. Twenty-five percent of black Trump voters say they would be more likely to vote for him if he picked a black running mate.”