An informal straw poll Saturday among attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas on who should be chosen as the 2024 Republican nominee easily claimed President Donald Trump by a landslide.
Jim McLaughlin, a Trump pollster who conducted the straw poll, announced the results on stage hours before the former president was expected to take the stage, UPI References.
“Yes, President Trump increases his job approval to an astronomical 99% in the CPAC Straw Poll and crushes the potential 2024 field with 69% of the vote, up from 59% from February’s CPAC,” McLaughlin said via social media media.
— Jim McLaughlin (@JMcLaughlinSTK) August 6, 2022
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is not at CPAC, but is widely considered a possible 2024 presidential candidate. The convention even saw vendors selling merchandise bearing the governor’s name, the Dallas Morning News mentionted.
DeSantis claimed 24 percent of the total compared to Trump’s 69 percent in the straw poll, but 65 percent of respondents said they would vote for DeSantis if the former president was not offered as an option.
Sen. Ted Cruz received just two percent of the vote in the straw poll, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t register above zero, the UPI report described.
The straw poll is not a scientific survey, with a panel limited to CPAC participants and not representative of the broader Democratic Party electorate.