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60 percent of Americans say it would be bad for US if Trump ran in 2024

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former US President Donald Trump (Photo by AFP)

A majority of Americans believe it would be bad for the United States if former Republican President Donald Trump ran for the White House in 2024, according to a new poll.  

The Quinnipiac University poll, released on Wednesday evening, found that 60 percent of respondents said it would be bad for the country if Trump launched a presidential bid in 2024.

However, about one-third, 32 percent, of respondents said another Trump campaign would be good for the United States.

Trump has been mulling over for months whether he will throw his hat in the ring for a third attempt at the presidency. Last month, Trump said he has made up his mind on whether he will run for the office again in 2024. That decision, however, remains unknown.

However, Trump has told allies he is considering another White House bid. That would complicate life for a long list of other Republicans considering a 2024 run - including Vice President Mike Pence, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton - who would have to weigh whether to take on Trump.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they think Trump will not run for president in 2024, while 49 percent said he will. Twelve percent declined to give an opinion on the issue.

Forty-one percent of responders said they are less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Trump, while 19 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to support the contender. Thirty-seven percent said Trump’s endorsement would not make a difference in their vote, according to the poll which surveyed 1,290 American adults countrywide between July 27 and August 2. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Fifty-four percent of Republicans surveyed said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate supported by the former president, with only 6 percent said they would be less likely. Thirty-four percent of Republicans said a Trump endorsement would not make a difference.

Trump became the first president in US history to be impeached twice. He was impeached by the House twice during his four-year tenure in the White House, first in December 2019 and then again in January 2021. 

The House first impeached Trump accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in connection with his dealings with Ukraine.

In his last days in the White House, Trump was impeached again, for incitement of an insurrection, following the deadly assault on the Capitol on January 6 where his thousands of supporters tried to capture the building housing the US Congress.  Six people died in the incident. 

The Republican-held Senate, however, acquitted him on all charges.

Following his second acquittal in February 2021, Trump said the impeachment effort was “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.”

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