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Would you vote for him?

Those who think the stain of impeachment has relegated Donald Trump to history may be jolted by this new Morning Consult/Politico poll of Republican voters.

According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted at the conclusion of the Senate’s weeklong trial, a majority of Republican voters (54 percent) said they would support Trump in a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary election – matching the share who said the same in late November, before his standing dipped in a survey conducted shortly after the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The poll comes as the North Carolina Republican Party voted to censure Sen. Richard Burr for voting to convict the former president on one article of impeachment. Dallas Woodhouse reported on the vote for Carolina Journal.

Tina Forsberg, 6th District congressional chair, told Carolina Journal her vote to censure Burr “is not about Trump, it is about the voters of North Carolina. If the voters of North Carolina do not think the Republican Party stands with them, then I think we are going to be in trouble.”

The 11th District chair Aubrey Woodard said “the vast majority of activists in my district are in favor of censuring Senator Burr to send him a message, and I think we have to stand with those activists and show we will fight with them, for them and for the party.”

Sen. Burr is retiring, which makes for a fascinating scenario.

Sen. Thom Tillis, who was re-elected last year, voted to acquit the former president.

So what happens next? It’s one thing to tell a pollster your views about one person who’s dominating the news. But what happened when Morning Consult/Politico threw other Republicans into the mix for the GOP nomination for president? Take a look:

 

Welcome to the 2024 race.

Remember that assessing candidates is about much more than popularity at a given point in time. It’s about candidates’ views on the world, on the role of government in our daily lives, about supporting an opportunity society so that zip code and circumstances of birth don’t dictate a person’s future.

At the John Locke Foundation, our mission is to inform the public — including candidates for office at every level — about the impact of the policy choices they will make, if elected. We won’t, and don’t, support candidates. We leave that up to voters. What we’ve done for 30 years, and will continue to do into the future, is to affirm and defend the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited constitutional government.

These are the things change lives. We invite you to join us. 

Donna Martinez / Senior Writer and Editor

Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...