Nearly 7-in-10 attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) said that they want to see former President Donald Trump seek the White House again in 2024, according to the CPAC straw poll released on Sunday, Feb. 28.
The poll, conducted by The Washington Times and announced on the final day of the event, showed that 68% said, “Yes” when asked flatly whether they want Trump to run again, making him the early leader among conservatives for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
Just 15% of the attendees said they do not want Trump to run for president again.
Stacked up against a list of 20 other names in the poll, Trump won 55% of the vote, distantly followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who showed with 21%. Among other candidates, none topped 5% in the straw poll.
Excluding Trump from the poll, DeSantis won 43% support, taking a wide lead among all other 2024 Republican presidential primary contenders. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem came in second with 11%, and Donald Trump Jr. came next with 8%.
The straw poll, conducted between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28 with 1,007 attendees at CPAC, is seen as a barometer measuring the popularity of the candidates among conservative voters.
Up to 95% of those polled said the Republican Party must continue to pursue the agenda of the former president. A stunning 97% said they approved of the job Trump did between 2017 and 2020.
Jim McLaughlin, the pollster who conducted the survey, said that Trump is “literally the most popular figure we have ever had in the conservative movement,” and those numbers should be a caution to any Republicans in Washington who have said the party needs to move beyond Trump.
During his first major speech after leaving office, Trump said that he may seek to run for president in 2024.
“Democrats should suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now … I may decide to beat them for a third time,” the former president said.
Trump declared that he would not start a new party, saying that speculation is “fake news” designed to divide the voters.