ORLANDO, Fla. – Former President Donald Trump, based on results announced Sunday, won the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) poll with 55% of attendees saying they would vote for him if the 2024 Republican primaries went today.
Trump got 55% of the vote in the poll in which he was included, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis coming in second with 21%.
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In particular, CPAC will take place in Orlando, Florida, in 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions. Shortly before pollster Jim McLaughlin announced the poll results, the ballroom erupted in cheers approving the decision to hold the CPAC in Florida.
CPAC also conducted a poll without Trump. DeSantis won that poll with 43% of the vote, followed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem with 11% and Donald Trump Jr. with 8%.
Trump’s approval rating in the opinion poll was 97%, and 87% said they strongly approve of Trump’s job as president. And 68% of the people in CPAC in the opinion poll said Trump should run for president again.
The straw survey is not a scientific survey. CPAC sold itself as a pro-Trump rally ahead of time, so the self-selected crowd is likely more pro-Trump than the Republican Party as a whole. There was even a gilded statue, which many compared to an idol, of the former president.
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The president of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp, also said in an interview with Fox News last week that any Republican who wants to win the Republican nomination in 2024 should be closely aligned with Trump.
“Look, you’re not going to get the Republican nomination by being a never trumper,” Schlapp said. “You’re not going to get the Republican nomination if you’re not a strong conservative. So all that kind of courtship, it’s appropriate that it starts at CPAC.”
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Republicans who have been highly critical of the former president performed very poorly in the CPAC poll. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan got 0.1%, while Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, got 0.3%.
Notably, 95% of those who responded to the CPAC poll said the Republican Party should continue with Trump’s agenda. Only 3% said it should change direction.
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