Former President Donald Trump, who has teased he plans to run again in 2024, was the clear choice among attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference, trailing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the presidential election.
Trump had a 99% approval rating and was the choice of 69% of the nearly 1,000 convention attendees in Dallas who voted, followed by DeSantis at 24%. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas had 1% or less with 2% of the other potential candidates.
In a separate poll without Trump as a candidate in 2024, DeSantis was the overwhelming choice with 65%, followed by the former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., with 8%, Cruz with 6%, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 5.%
While not scientific, the poll released Saturday is indicative of sentiment among Republican activists and grassroots voters. Republicans are looking to the election results to gauge the position of Trump and his potential rivals in 2024, especially DeSantis, who did not attend the convention.
Support for Trump was little changed from 70% in a poll conducted at the 2021 CPAC meeting in Dallas last July and up from 59% in a February CPAC opinion poll at his event in Orlando.
Trump said he has already decided whether to make another run for the White House, and the only question is when he will make the announcement, before or after the November midterm elections.
CPAC poll attendees were also asked who they would like to see as a potential Trump running mate. DeSantis was the overwhelming favorite with 43%, followed by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem with 9% and Pompeo with 7%.