A majority of American voters in a new poll say former Republican President Donald Trump should definitely not run for the White House again, following an unsatisfactory performance of several candidates he supported in the recent midterm elections.
The Politico-Morning Consult poll, released on Tuesday, showed that 53 percent of registered voters believe Trump definitely should not run, while 12 percent said he probably shouldn’t, The Hill reported.
However, about 20 percent of respondents said the former president should definitely run, while only 12 percent said he probably should.
The results come on the same day that Trump is likely to announce he is taking another shot at the presidency with a White House run in 2024.
Trump, who will be 78 when the next presidential election is held, has said he will make a "very big announcement" on Tuesday.
Following the midterm elections on November 8, the Republican Party failed to win control of the Senate and underperformed in races across the country. It appears the Democrats would control the Senate, and Republicans would win the House of Representatives.
Trump has received criticism from members of the Republican Party for the party’s performance in some of the most high-profile midterm races.
GOP Senator Bill Cassidy has put the blame of midterm election losses on Republican candidates aligned with Trump, saying those candidates “underperformed” on Election Day.
However, Trump on Sunday blamed Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for the disappointing performance.
“He blew the Midterms, and everyone despises him and his otherwise lovely wife, Coco Chow!” Trump wrote.
Republicans have also urged Trump to delay his 2024 announcement until after the runoff election between Republican Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) next month, worrying that the announcement could motivate Democratic turnout and give Democrats a wider majority in the upper chamber.
An American political analyst and activist told Press TV earlier this month that Trump will not have a free ride in 2024 as he had in 2016, because his opposition is the new breed of extremist Republicans.
“If Trump does announce, and soon, that he’s a 2024 candidate, it won’t be such an easy ride as 2016. He’s not likely to have people like Ted Cruz, even hated by members of his own party, or lukewarm candidates like Jeb Bush to run against him. His opposition is the new breed of extremist Republicans,” said Myles Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress.
“Candidates like DeSantis, Cotton, and others carry the same right-wing, fascistic banner, as much as Trump does. Trump would rely on his own persona as policies won’t be very different this time. All those who opposed him in 2024 have adopted his mantra and subsequently boot-licked their way into Trump’s orbit. The obvious one is Cruz,” he added.
Trump's big announcement in Florida is expected to come after an unsatisfactory run for several candidates he supported in the midterms.
Trump had called for a Republican "giant red wave" to defeat Democrats, and the GOP achieved a much smaller victory than had been predicted. But the Republican Party failed to win control of the Senate and is likely to win only a narrow majority in the House.