Trump Loses Support Among Republicans as GOP Candidates Continue Vying for His Endorsement: Poll

Three months after leaving office, former President Donald Trump has experienced a drop in the polls, including among Republicans.

A survey released Tuesday by NBC News found just 32 percent of all U.S. adults hold a favorable view of Trump—down from 40 percent in January—and 55 percent have an unfavorable view.

The poll also showed his Republicans backing away from the former president. Forty-four percent of Republicans said they're more supporters of Trump than of the party, while 50 percent said they're more supporters of the GOP than of Trump. According to NBC, that's the first time since July 2019 that party supporters have outnumbered Trump supporters in the survey.

But Trump's endorsement remains a coveted achievement for Republicans seeking elected office.

The GOP is setting its sights on the 2022 midterm elections to reclaim power on Capitol Hill after the party lost control of the House in the 2018 cycle and of the Senate in 2020.

Trump's political action committee—the Save America PAC—has already stepped into the fray in several Senate, House and statewide races across the country. Filings with the Federal Election Commission show the committee ended last year with $31 million in cash on hand.

"Everybody wants the endorsement because if they don't get the endorsement they're not going to win," Trump told Newsmax earlier this month. "For the most part, they're not going to win."

Not only has Trump pledged to support GOP allies, he's also said he will target the 10 House and seven Senate Republicans who voted to impeach him in January. Trump has already issued an endorsement for former White House aide Max Miller in a primary challenge to Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio.

So far, Trump has thrown his support behind at least 17 candidates. John Boozman, Mike Crapo, Ron Johnson, John Kennedy, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Tim Scott have all received his endorsement for their re-election runs for the Senate. He's also backed former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in her run for governor of Arkansas.

On Monday, Trump endorsed Susan Wright, who is running in the special election for North Texas' Congressional District 6, after her husband died from COVID-19. The special election, which will take place on May 1, includes 11 Republican candidates, 10 Democrats, one independent and one Libertarian.

"Susan Wright will be a terrific Congresswoman (TX-06) for the Great State of Texas," Trump said in a statement. "She is the wife of the late Congressman Ron Wright, who has always been supportive of our America First Policies. Susan will be strong on the Border, Crime, Pro-Life, our brave Military and Vets, and will ALWAYS protect your Second Amendment."

NBC News surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults between April 17 and April 20. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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A new poll found that Donald Trump's favorability rating among Republicans has decreased since leaving office. Here the former president addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28 in Orlando. Joe Raedle/Getty Images