In a recent survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, an overwhelming 76% of Republican voters voiced their desire to halt further Republican National Committee debates, as they believe that the party should unite in support of former President Donald Trump.
— Brad Porcellato (@BradPorcellato) November 2, 2023
They argue that the time has come to focus on combating what they see as “political indictments” against Trump and to rally Republicans for the upcoming battle against incumbent President Joe Biden.
According to the survey, Trump is not only leading in all the Republican primary polls by substantial margins but also outperforming Biden in national media polls conducted by ABC/Washington Post, Harvard Harris, CBS, and others. This widespread support for Trump’s candidacy has led many Republicans to question the necessity of further debates within their party.
Of the respondents who expressed their opinion on the matter, a staggering 56% “strongly” agreed that the debates should end, while an additional 19% “somewhat” agreed. Only 16% disagreed, with 11% “strongly” disagreeing and 5% “somewhat” disagreeing. Eight percent of those surveyed either did not know or refused to answer.
Fifty-five percent of those surveyed in the McLaughlin polling also said they would vote for Trump if the 2024 Republican primary election was held at the time of the polling. 77% declared support for Trump’s 2024 presidential candidacy.
This sentiment among Republican voters comes ahead of the third scheduled GOP primary debate, scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Despite the controversies surrounding the debate and doubts raised about the need for further ones, Trump maintains a significant lead in both national and state-level polls within the Republican party.
RealClearPolitics averages show Trump consistently ahead of his GOP competitors by double-digit margins. This robust support for the former president continues to shape the Republican primary landscape, with others like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) trailing behind.