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Trump retains majority GOP support during midterm primaries

Former President Donald Trump still has a substantial influence among the GOP members as compared to Joe Biden in the DNC. Six out of ten Republicans prefer to have Donald Trump as the GOP leader, as compared to Joe Biden in the DNC, signifying the lasting power that the former President has over his party as they gear up for the midterm primary.


Trump’s influence, though not monolithic, is still extensive; 60% of conservatives prefer to have Trump as the GOP leader, with 34% preferring a new direction. On the other hand, backing for Joe Biden as the leader of the Democratic party is only 53-38%.

Trump’s support within the GOP has continued to withstand even after leaving office. The 60% of conservatives who favour Trump’s leadership is essentially the same as it was in the mid-January 2021 poll, i.e, 57% after the Jan 6 riot. But it is down significantly from the 76% in February of 2018.

What are the factors affecting the GOP leadership, moving forward?

Indiana and Ohio vote Tuesday, kicking off the spring/summer midterm primary season, which includes a dozen primaries and runoff this month. Today’s most-watched race pits Trump-backed candidate J.D. Vance against several other front-runners who have also sought to embrace Trumpism in the Ohio Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

The Capitol Hill riot

A major factor that comes into play is the riot at the US Capitol Hill on Jan 6. Even though Trump continues to exercise power within the party, an overall slim majority continues to be in favour of pressing charges against the former president for the riot. 52% believe that Trump should be charged for playing a role in the riot, while 54% say that Trump should specifically be charged for perpetrating a riot.

Jan 6 Riot
Explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.

The findings of the House committee’s investigation into the riots are divided along partisan lines. Sixty-eight per cent of Democrats believe the committee is conducting a fair and impartial investigation, while seven in ten Republicans believe it is not. Independents are divided 39-38 per cent of the time.

Massive age gaps

Keeping the riot aside, opinions on the standard-bearers are divided along demographic and attitudinal lines within each party.

Trump supporters and Republican leaners are typically older and more conservative than those who want the GOP to take a different path. Six out of ten Trump Republicans are 50 or older, compared to 39% of their counterparts. Sixty-nine per cent of Trump Republicans consider themselves conservatives, with 39 per cent identifying as strong conservatives. Among those who would like to see party leaders take a different path, 46 per cent are conservatives and 15 per cent are strong conservatives. Most in both groups do not approve of Biden’s performance while holding office, while the disapproval is stronger among Trump Republicans.

Trump v Biden
Trump v Biden

On the Democratic side, the age disparities are more pronounced: Only 20% of Biden-aligned Democrats are under the age of 35, compared to 52% of those who want the party to move away from the president. Biden Democrats are more likely to be moderates, have higher incomes, and be more educated than other Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, in addition to being older.

These demographic differences correspond to a significant schism in economic issues between the two. Only 46% of those who want the party to go in a different direction approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, compared to 81% of Biden Democrats. Biden Democrats are also more likely to say that good jobs are available in their community and are far less likely to express dissatisfaction.



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