According to the latest NBC News poll of the 2022 midterms, support for former President Donald Trump compared to the GOP has been steadily declining over the past two years, culminating over the weekend with a record number of Republicans supporting the GOP over Trump.
The poll results show that only about 4 percent of Republican Party members identify as equal supporters of both the party and Trump with about 62% percent of Republicans identifying themselves more as supporters of the GOP than as supporters of Trump.
The percent of Republicans identifying themselves as supporters of Trump over the Republican party, according to NBC News polling, is around 30 percent, which is down 10 percent compared to the NBC News poll in August 2021, when 40 percent said they supported Trump over the party.
In that poll, about 50% percent of Republicans said they supported GOP over Trump while in January 2021, when Trump left office, Republicans were evenly split at 46 percent.
Meanwhile, as many Republicans argue the GOP should be focused on the economy, for example, rather than grievances over the 2020 election, a growing number of GOP members say Trump won’t be the 2024 presidential nominee for the party.
In an interview with Politico published Sunday, Republican mega-donor Ken Griffin said that it’s time to move on to the next generation and as an October poll showed, other rising stars such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are seen as potential 2024 rivals.
While Trump retains a strong grip on the Republican Party, more Republicans trust DeSantis than they trust Trump to chart the path of the party in the future.
Yet, despite not being on the ballot, the former president has been a central figure in the 2022 midterms and still draws thousands to his rallies having involved himself in many of the key Senate races.
According to reports, Trump’s team is eyeing Nov. 14 to announce his 2024 run, noting that the results of this week’s election will bring a moment of truth for the former president.