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Polls Show Most Republicans Want to See Trump Play Major Role in Party, Leads 2024 Field

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For those — like maybe Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell —  who thought former President Donald Trump would be riding off into the sunset, new polling shows that’s not what GOP voters have in mind.

A Quinnipiac University poll released on President’s Day shows that three-quarters of Republicans, 75 to 21 percentage points, want to see Trump play a “prominent role” in the GOP.

Americans overall by a margin of 60 to 34 percent do not want the 45th president to hold such a position with Democrats, unsurprisingly, the most opposed at 96 to three percent.

It should be noted the poll was conducted last week from Feb. 11-14, so many would have been surveyed before his Senate’s acquittal late in the day on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The poll consisted of 1,056 U.S. adults nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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Meanwhile, a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted from February 14-15 finds Trump leading all-comers among a potential 2024 Republican primary field with 53 percent support.

The next closest is former Vice President Mike Pence at 12 percent, followed by former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, Jr., both at six percent, while Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mitt Romney of Utah garnered four percent support.

The majority of those surveyed believe the country is currently on the wrong track — 53 to 47 percent; however, Democrat President Joe Biden enjoys a 62 percent approval rating.

The poll was conducted with 1984 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2 percent.

Multiple stories in the news cycle last week helped burnish Trump’s star, including first and foremost his acquittal, as well as the growing scandal regarding New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his false reporting of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

Cuomo was a fierce Trump critic regarding his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, while Trump had returned fire specifically on the governor’s decision-making concerning nursing homes.

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Further, the downfall of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, in the wake of sexual harassment allegations and an apparent coverup, decimates this group’s claim to some moral high ground from which they could pronounce judgments against Trump and his presidency.

Trump supporters came out in force in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday to show how much they appreciated the former president and to celebrate his acquittal.

Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino, posted a video on Twitter of the moment, relating that Trump was returning from a golf outing.

In another video, the MC Hammer song “U Can’t Touch This” can be heard playing in the background as the crowd chants “USA, USA, USA!”

Trump released a statement celebrating the 57 to 43 Senate verdict, saying, “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.”

“In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people,” he added. “There has never been anything like it!”

Looks like the MAGA movement is alive and well!

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