Even though President Donald Trump enjoys wide support in the Republican Party, a large and growing chunk of Republicans already want a different GOP nominee in 2020, according to a new survey.
What does the poll show?
According to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, 31 percent of Republicans say they’d prefer a different GOP nominee in 2020, while 63 percent said they will support Trump.
Among those Republicans who didn’t support Trump in 2016, two-thirds say they still wouldn’t support him in 2020 and want a different nominee while one-third said they’d support Trump, NBC News reported.
However, what may be concerning for the president is that the survey found that only about 40 percent of Republicans comprise his base, or people who are stalwart supporters. The Republican Party’s strongest supporters are most likely to support the president in 2020, while Republicans who don’t associate as closely with the GOP are less like to vote for Trump.
What else did the poll find?
According to NBC, the Oct. 18-30 poll of 2,019 respondents found that Trump remains extremely unpopular with a favorability rating of 41 percent, while an almost equal number of registered voters, 40 percent, believe Trump should be impeached.
The poll also found that because of Trump’s divisive style of leadership, registered voters are more likely to vote for a Democrat in the 2018 midterms than they are a Republican.
What does this mean for Trump?
To have three in 10 Republicans hoping for your ousting as the party’s standard bearer just one year into office is never a good thing. Trump continues to show that he is unable to garner support from a wider range of Republicans and conservatives.
If this continues, or if it gets worse, it’ll make 2018 and 2020 especially difficult for Trump and the GOP. If Trump doesn’t get his act together now, Democrats may seize control in just three short years.