Majority of Republicans Say Party Shouldn't Accept Elected Officials Who Criticize Trump

A majority of Republicans said the party shouldn't be accepting of politicians who are critical of Donald Trump, according to a new poll.

The survey, released this week by the Pew Research Center, found nearly two-thirds of Republicans said the GOP should be wary of elected officials who openly condemn the former president.

Thirty-two percent of Republicans said the party should be "not too" accepting of such leaders, while 30 percent said it should be "not at all" accepting of officials who publicly lambast Trump.

Just 11 percent of Republicans polled said the GOP should be very accepting of officeholders who do so, while 26 percent said the party should be somewhat accepting. The amount of Republicans who said their party should be accepting of officials who criticize Trump has declined 7 percentage points since March.

The survey also showed Democrats are more open to criticism of President Joe Biden within their ranks than Republicans are to judgment of Trump.

Trump's hold on the Republican Party has remained firm since he left office, despite reports of a "civil war" between those who wanted to separate from the former president and those who saw him as essential to their success.

Pew found that 67 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents want to see Trump continue to be a "major political figure for many years to come." Plus, 44 percent of respondents said they'd like to see him run for president again in 2024.

Trump has teased another White House bid, recently stating he'd defeat "everyone else" in a Republican primary. He also said he believes most other conservative candidates would "drop out" if he entered the race.

Poll: Republicans Shouldn't Accept Officials Critical Trump
A majority of Republicans said the party shouldn’t be accepting of politicians who are critical of Donald Trump, according to a new poll. In this photo, the former president speaks at a rally on September 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Jason Miller, a former top adviser to Trump, said on Friday he thinks the 75-year-old will launch another campaign in three years. But Miller predicted the race won't be a rematch against President Joe Biden.

"I think it will be a Kamala Harris or maybe a Gavin Newsom," Miller told Fox Business, referring to the vice president and California governor, respectively.

But a share of Republicans (22 percent) told Pew while they want to see Trump remain a key figure in the U.S., they would prefer he used his reputation to help another presidential candidate win office rather than run himself.

Other possible candidates include former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The Pew Research Center surveyed 10,371 U.S. adults between September 13 and September 19. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.