KEY POINTS

  • The poll surveyed over 4,000 Republican voters over the age of 18
  • At least 54% of GOP voters said they would back Trump in 2024
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was named by only 11% of Republican voters polled

Former President Donald Trump continues to lead other potential Republican candidates in the 2024 presidential nomination, garnering the support of more than half of GOP voters, a new poll showed. 

In a new Reuters/Ipsos national poll conducted mid-December, 4,407 Republicans over the age of 18 were asked who they would likely vote for in the 2024 presidential election. At least 54% GOP voters said they would support Trump as their Republican presidential nominee. He was followed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, who was named by only 11% of GOP voters, and former vice president Mike Pence with 8% support. 

The poll also included other potential Republican nominees, such as Gov. Greg Abbott, R-TX; former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley; former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX; Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO; and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL. 

The results of the Reuters/Ipsos poll echoes other public surveys on the 2024 GOP nomination race conducted recently. 

In November, a poll by Tony Fabrizio found Trump leading President Joe Biden in five key swing states -- Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden had won all five states in the 2020 election, earning him a total of 73 electoral votes and securing him the presidential seat. 

"This new data clearly shows that today the voters in these five key states would be happy to return Trump to the White House and send Biden packing,” Fabrizio said of the poll’s results.

It is still unclear whether Trump plans to run in 2024. However, he has spent 2021 repeatedly teasing the possibility of another White House run, adding that his supporters would be “very happy” with his decision. 

In a Thanksgiving statement on Nov. 25, Trump promised his supporters that “we will be great again,” playing off of his 2016 campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” The former president suggested he is unlikely to announce a 2024 bid until after the midterm elections in 2022.

While Trump has yet to make an official announcement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has already confirmed that Biden intends to run for reelection in 2024, setting up a potential rematch. 

On January 6, 2021, outgoing president Donald Trump called on supporters to go to the US Capitol to "stop the steal" of the election, which he had lost to Democrat Joe Biden On January 6, 2021, outgoing president Donald Trump called on supporters to go to the US Capitol to "stop the steal" of the election, which he had lost to Democrat Joe Biden Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN