New Poll Says Nearly Half of Trump Supporters Would Leave GOP if He Creates a Party
A new poll conducted with Trump-supporters hints that, given the numbers, the downfall of the Republican Party could come if Trump started his own party.
The Suffolk University/USA Today poll released this weekend said that 46% of its respondents stated that they would leave the Republican Party if Trump created his own party. Only 27% of the respondents said that they would remain registered Republicans while the remainder claimed they were undecided.
This is not good news for the GOP and its success in future elections.
A Milwaukee small-business owner told USA Today "We feel like Republicans don't fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day, but then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don't ever push back."
Additionally, half of the respondents said that the GOP should become “more loyal to Trump” while only 19% said the party should back away from Trump and align itself with establishment Republicans.
Will he create his own party?
In terms of reading the former president to determine if he will really be starting his own party, people are receiving mixed messages.
A day after Biden’s inauguration, the Wall Street Journal reported that “President Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party.” The party in discussion is reportedly going to be named the “Patriot Party.”
Those closest to Trump have said otherwise.
Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said in late January, "The president wanted me to know, as well as a handful of others, that the president is a Republican, he is not starting a third party and that anything he would do politically in the future would be as a Republican."
Axios, on the other hand, reported that Trump plans on declaring taking control of the Republican Party at the Conservative Political Action Conference next week.
In his first post-presidential appearance, Donald Trump plans to send the message next weekend that he is Republicans' "presumptive 2024 nominee" with a vise grip on the party's base, top Trump allies tell Axios. A longtime adviser called Trump's speech a "show of force," and said the message will be: "I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I'm still in charge." Payback is his chief obsession.
Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Axios, "Trump effectively is the Republican Party. The only chasm is between Beltway insiders and grassroots Republicans around the country. When you attack President Trump, you're attacking the Republican grassroots."