Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) led the Conservative Political Action Action Plan (CPAC) poll announced on the last day of the annual conference.
The CPAC polls asked conference participants two questions: who would they support in a 2024 bid for president if Donald Trump ran as a candidate, and who are their best choices if he didn’t. The straw poll found that 70 percent of voters would support Trump by 2024 if he ran for president. DeSantis was in second place with 21 percent of the vote.
When asked who they would support in 2024 if Trump didn’t join, 68 percent chose DeSantis, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 5 percent with Donald Trump Jr. by 4 percent.
Both Trump and DeSantis received comparative support until the last CPAC poll, which took place in Orlando, Florida, in late February. In previous straw poll results, Trump won 55 percent of the vote and DeSantis received 21 percent support. With Trump excluded as a potential candidate, DeSantis received 43 percent of the vote.
Overall, Trump received an approval rating of 98 percent – 88 percent strongly approved and 10 percent slightly approved. President Joe Biden received a 97 percent disapproval rating.
In the issues facing the country, CPAC participants were most concerned about voter identity and election integrity, constitutional rights and immigration / the border wall.
The straw survey was executed by co / effective between July 9 and 11 in person at CPAC.