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Republicans want Trump as GOP's leader but remain divided on his strength as 2024 candidate: Poll

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)
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A majority of Republicans believe that Donald Trump should remain their party's leader, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

However, they remain divided on whether the ex-president would be a strong candidate if he decided to run in the 2024 election, showed the poll on Sunday.

Although Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 63% to 37%, want Trump to be the leader of the GOP, they remain about evenly split over whether having the defeated former president back on the ticket in 2024 would be an advantage.

Fifty-one percent say that Republicans stand a better chance of retaking the presidency with Trump as their nominee, while 49% say the party would be better off with a different person.

The new numbers are a stark difference from polling taken in 2019, when over three-quarters of Republicans said their party had a better shot in 2020 with Trump as a candidate.

In March 2019, 78% of voters said Republicans had a better chance of winning the election in 2020 with Trump as the GOP’s nominee, while only 17 percent said the party would have stronger odds with someone else.

Support for the former president is not equally distributed throughout the party with 69% of Republicans without a college degree believing he should be the GOP’s leader, compared with 49% of those who hold a college degree.

And while a 72% majority of conservatives think Trump should head the GOP, 49% among the smaller bloc of moderates in the party prefer a different person.

In addition, 71% of self-identified Republicans prefer Trump, in comparison to 51% of Republican-leaning independents who say the same.

For months, Trump, a Republican, has floated the idea of a 2024 rematch against Democratic President Joe Biden. But in recent weeks, he has signaled strongly that he may be more likely to run again than not, according to a report published by The Hill, a Washington-based newspaper, on Friday.

Trump’s statements have intensified a collective headache for other would-be presidential contenders who have already started laying the groundwork for their own primary campaigns, according to the report.

Trump, who lost the 2020 election by millions of votes, was blamed for the January 6 Capitol attack. However, he has repeatedly denied responsibility for the violence, which saw his supporters besiege the Capitol to prevent the certification of Biden's victory in the November election.

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