Trump Dominates In 2024 Poll Among Top Conservative Activists

Former President Donald Trump was the winner of the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual straw poll. This may have been the most telling sign that he is still popular in the Republican Party.

And it wasn’t even close.

CPAC has been regarded as the most important gathering of prominent conservative activists and figures in the country.

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Trump Gains Support

CPAC straw poll results showed that 59% of respondents voted Trump their number one choice for the Republican standard-bearer by 2024.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was second, with 28%.

As the results of the poll were announced on Sunday, pollster Jim McLaughlin quipped, “So much for him fading.”

Trump actually gained four percentage points from last year’s CPAC straw poll. DeSantis came second in the poll for 2021 to Trump.

DeSantis won 61% of the votes when voters were presented with a choice of other candidates.

Conservatives love DeSantis’s combativeness towards the media, as well as his efforts to keep Florida from being subject to COVID restrictions during the second half of the pandemic.

During his CPAC speech that lasted for over an hour, Trump all but announced he was running again, saying: “We did it twice. And we’ll do it again,” and referred to wife Melania as the “future First Lady.”

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Ask Other Straw Poll Question

The CPAC straw poll also covered other topics such as Trump’s overall approval, Biden, and how the GOP is faring in Congress. Some other interesting results were the answers to the question of what straw poll voters thought were the biggest threats to America’s safety and national security. 

The number one answer, Joe Biden’s incompetence. China is the second answer. CPAC attendees thoughts on Joe Biden’s incompetence may mirror those of the nation as a whole. 

A recent ABCNews/Washington post poll shows Biden’s approval number plummeting to just 37% following the Russian invasion into Ukraine. 

Further, 81% of CPAC voters consider the illegal immigration crisis to be a bigger problem than “Russian aggression,” though the latter is admittedly a very vague term.

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This is a growing problem that’s harder to ignore

While Joe Biden’s job approval number continue to tank, there continues to be a question of whether or not he is mentally up to the job that will not go away. The mainstream media cannot ignore what Americans say.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki successfully dodged such a question on Sunday during an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week.” Host George Stephanopoulos asked Psaki about another ABCNews/Washington Post poll that shows that 54% do not think Biden has the mental capacity to serve as President.

Stephanopoulos said,

“A majority in our recent poll out this morning even question the president’s mental capacity. What is his plan to change that on Tuesday night?” And how much has his State of the Union been changed by this war in Ukraine?”

Psaki promptly danced around the first question, and touted Biden’s leadership, 

“You know, George, from covering State of the Unions for some time, that it is about delivering a message to the public at a moment in time. If you think back to the time that President Obama delivered his first State of the Union it was in the midst of the most severe financial crisis of our generation. The date of President Bush’s first State of the Union was right after September 11, 2001. When crises arise, leaders must lead. That’s exactly what President Biden is doing. He’ll speak to that, but he’s also going to speak about his optimism about what’s ahead and what we all have to look forward to.”