A 54 percent majority of U.S. voters want former President Donald Trump to “remove himself from politics entirely.”
Rebuking any hypothetical talk about Trump running for president again in 2024, most Americans would prefer to see him disappear from the public eye altogether.
The latest CNBC All-America Economic Survey released Friday evening found wide partisan divides on this sentiment—with 81 percent of Democrats wanting Trump to vanish entirely, compared to just 26 percent of Republican voters who feel that way. Smaller minorities of frustrated GOP voters want to see Trump either start a third party or remain active in politics, just not with any direct allegiance to either party.
Meanwhile, according to the survey, about half of Republicans and Americans without college degrees said they want Trump to remain the head of the party for the foreseeable future. And 89 percent of U.S. adults with no college degree said they want the former president to remain at the forefront of politics.
The Senate did not take action to legally prevent Trump from running again Saturday. Instead, senators voted to acquit him from his impeachment charge through a 57-to-43 vote. In remarks following Trump’s acquittal, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “I hope and pray and believe” the American people will soundly reject a potential 2024 campaign.
Among Republicans, three-quarters said they want Trump to stay active in both local and national political races in some way—a sentiment echoed fervently by House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The top House Republican flew down to Florida last week and urged Trump to help party candidates in their 2022 campaigns.
Perhaps Trump’s most powerful and ubiquitous platform for reaching out, Twitter, has been silent as the social media giant has placed a ban on his personal account and has archived his former @POTUS account.
This newest CNBC poll of 1,000 Americans from across the country was conducted from February 2 through the 7, just before the start of Trump’s second impeachment trial. He was charged with inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Had the Senate successfully voted to convict Trump on Saturday with 67 votes, a second vote would then have been required to prevent him from holding public office again.
A separate recently released CNBC poll, the first of Biden’s presidency, was revealed that his administration is entering the White House with relatively high approval numbers. By comparing the first surveys from each past administration, the survey showed Americans giving Biden the highest approval rating among any of the last four presidents.
“If we’re talking about Donald Trump’s future, at the moment, the survey shows he still has this strong core support within his own party who really want him to continue to be their leader,” said Jay Campbell, a partner with Hart Research and the Democratic pollster for the CNBC poll.
His GOP pollster counterpart, Micah Roberts, noted that Trump previously had a 90 percent approval rating among Republicans, meaning a bit of his support has fallen off in just the past few weeks.
Newsweek reached out to the White House as well as the national GOP offices for additional remarks Saturday afternoon.