Almost half of GOP members surveyed would gladly switch parties if the former president forms his own political group.
About one in two Republican Party members have no qualms about defecting to the Patriot Party, which Donald Trump reportedly proposed to establish.
The latest Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll found 46% of Republican supporters would gladly leave the party to keep rallying behind President Trump. Only 27% wanted to retain their Republican Party membership, while the rest were undecided.
About half of all 1,000 Trump supporters polled also believe the Republican Party should be “more loyal to Trump,” despite a small number of GOP representatives who oppose their former party president. Only 19% believed the party should be less loyal to President Trump and follow his GOP opponents’ footsteps.
In addition, 54% of supporters declared they were more loyal to the former president than the GOP, even though the party nominated President Trump for the White House. Only 34% of Trump supporters considered themselves more loyal to the party than the former president.
One entrepreneur who wanted to remain anonymous revealed he continues to support the former president because the rest of the Republican Party does not offer the same degree of political representation in Congress.
“We feel like Republicans do not fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day,” he said according to The Hill newspaper.
The respondent believes too many Republican Party representatives have let the Democratic Party easily seize control of the House, Senate, and presidency.
“Then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they do not ever push back,” he said.
The survey was conducted through landline and cellphone calls between Feb. 15 and Feb. 19. The poll promises to have a margin of error of “plus or minus 3.1% points.”
A recent Quinnipiac University National Poll found 75% of GOP supporters want President Trump to continue to play a dominant role in the Republican Party. Only 21% of Republicans did not like the idea of the former president continuing to reshape the party.
The sample survey also showed the former president, acquitted of inciting insurrection, is still a favorite among voters. President Trump is so popular that 87% of Republicans want him to make a comeback while only 11% did not.
“He may be down, but he is certainly not out of favor with the GOP,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said in a statement. “Twice impeached, vilified by Democrats in the trial, and virtually silenced by social media [and]—despite it all—Donald Trump keeps a solid foothold in the Republican Party.”