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Milton Quintanilla | Contributor for ChristianHeadlines.com | Thursday, December 15, 2022
Most Conservatives Want Someone Other Than Trump to Win the GOP Presidential Nomination

Most Conservatives Want Someone Other Than Trump to Win the GOP Presidential Nomination

A poll released Wednesday from USA TODAY/Suffolk University suggests that most conservatives would rather vote for someone other than Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024 despite wanting the former President's policies.

The new survey, which considered the responses of over 1,000 likely U.S. voters, found that nearly 61 percent of the 374 Republican-identifying or conservative-leaning independent respondents "want Republicans to continue the policies Trump pursued in office, but with a different Republican nominee for president."

Conversely, 31 percent said they want Trump back in the White House to "continue the policies he pursued in office."

As a whole, 69 percent of all respondents said they do not want to see Trump run again in 2024. Close to half of the respondents (47.3 percent) said they would vote for President Joe Biden over Trump (39.5 percent) if the election were held today and was between Trump and Biden.

The poll also found that 64.7 percent of Republican and conservative independent respondents want Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. More than half of Republican and conservative-leaning respondents (55.8 percent) want DeSantis as the GOP nominee in contrast to Trump (33.2 percent), The Christian Post reports.

DeSantis, who won reelection in the Sunshine State last month, has yet to confirm whether he will run for president.

"Republicans and conservative independents increasingly want Trumpism without Trump," David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said in a statement.

He noted that DeSantis's chances of defeating Trump in the 2024 Republican primaries depend on the number of candidates in the upcoming race.

"Add in a number of other Republican presidential candidates who would divide the anti-Trump vote, and you have a recipe for a repeat of the 2016 Republican caucuses and primaries," Paleologos said.

The poll's release comes a month after Trump announced that he would be running for president in 2024.

"There has never been anything like it, this great movement of ours. Never been anything like it, and perhaps there will never be anything like it again," Trump said in a televised speech from his Mar-A-Lago estate. "America's comeback starts right now."

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.