Trump Support Collapses, Majority of Independents Don't Want 2024 Run: Poll

Six out of 10 Americans do not want Donald Trump to run for office again, with a significant number of independent voters appearing to turn against the former president, according to a poll.

The survey, conducted by PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, found that 61 percent of Americans do not want to see the Republican on the ballot in 2024.

While Trump's overall support for reelection has not changed since December 2020, the former president has lost the backing of the key independent demographic. The latest poll found that just 28 percent of independents believe Trump should run for office again, while more than two-thirds (67 percent) say he should not.

According to exit polling from the last election, 41 percent of independents had voted for Trump over Biden, suggesting the former president is hemorrhaging their support since he left office.

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Above, former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 6, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. A new poll indicates that support for Trump in a potential 2024 presidential run is dropping among independent voters. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Jim Holladay, an independent voter from North Carolina, told PBS NewsHour that he was one of those who voted for Trump in 2020 but now believes he let another Republican step forward.

Holladay said he no longer supports Trump because the former president has done some "borderline stupid" things, such as remove classified documents from the White House and keep them at his Mar-a-Lago resort and allegedly incite the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

"I don't think that kind of thing is going to help unite the country," Holladay told PBS.
"I don't think he can win. I don't think he can pull the Republican Party together and win the election. I think too many people are scared of him."

The poll also found that even more independent voters—78 percent—think that Trump should not run for president again if he is charged with a crime.

Trump is facing possible indictment in a number of investigations, including inciting the Capitol riot, possible election interference in Georgia, and the federal probe into the alleged mishandling of classified materials and possible obstruction of justice.

In comparison, 65 percent of Americans said they would oppose Trump running for the White House again if he was charged with a crime, with 61 percent of Republicans saying that they would still want him to run again even if he was indicted.

A total of 44 percent of those taking part in the survey said that Trump did "something illegal" after boxes of classified materials were seized from his home.

"Former President Trump is losing the battle with public opinion over whether he did anything wrong by taking government documents to Mar-a-Lago," said Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. "But his core support remains intact regardless of the results of the investigation."

Newsweek reached out to Trump for comment.