Donald Trump refers to himself as '45th and 47th president'
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Donald Trump has stepped up his public presence as the Biden administration struggled to find its feet, despite taking a hit from the attempted insurrection of January 6. Although he has not officially confirmed whether he will run, the former Commander-in-Chief has embarked on a series of tours across the US that appear designed to curry favour with the Republican voter base. Recent polls show that he faces stiff competition from one of the party’s fastest-growing icons, Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
Marquette Law School, a private university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, conducted a poll exploring the 2024 Presidential election.
The institution asked 1,001 Americans how they would vote in two theoretical matchups against Mr Biden.
They presented participants with two potential scenarios, one where Mr Trump regained the Republican ticket and one where Mr DeSantis beat him to it.
In both cases, Mr Biden comes out on top, but Mr DeSantis cut into the incumbent President’s lead the greatest.
The Marquette poll found that if Mr Trump regained the ticket in 2024, 33 percent of the Americans polled (333) would vote for him; 10 percent fewer than the 43 percent (434) who would vote for Mr Biden.
Another 163 (16 percent) and 61 (six percent) said they would vote for someone else, or not at all, respectively.
If Florida’s new favourite governor ran in his place, the poll found that the same percentage said they would vote for him, but fewer in total at 326.
At the same time, however, Mr Biden would lose a modest chunk of his support.
Of the 1,001 people polled, 413 (41 percent) said they would vote for the incumbent President if he ran against Mr DeSantis.
Switching the Republican candidates would see Mr Biden forfeit 20 votes, with two percent (eight percent) of people more likely not to vote at all or for another candidate (18 percent).
Mr DeSantis became governor in 2019 but has only gained significant popularity in recent years.
Like some of his colleagues, he has railed against Covid mask and vaccine mandates – policies terminally unpopular with the Republican voter base – by designing legislation to strike them down.
And he has frequently graced Floridan television addressing the pandemic, further ingraining himself with the local population.
Mr Trump has zeroed in on his potential rival in recent months, declaring him a byproduct of his own success.
Although Mr Trump is theoretically the more popular candidate, the same poll found that most Americans hold an unfavourable opinion of him.
When quizzing their participants, Marquette found an overwhelming portion disliked the former President.
A total of 665 people (67 precent) told the pollsters they held an unfavourable opinion of Mr Trump.
He only came off well with 319 (32 percent) and less than half the total who said they dislike him.
Remarkably, 13 of the poll respondents (one percent) said they hadn’t “heard enough” about Mr Trump to decide whether they liked him or not.
While the news will come as a blow for him, the ex-President appeared increasingly confident about running again in 2024.
In a video released on January 27, he suggested he would win against Mr Biden.
News site YeshivaWorld uploaded a video to Instagram which showed Mr Trump at one of his Florida golf courses.
One of his golfing partners walks up and introduces him as the “45th President of the United States”.
In reply, Mr Trump said he is the “45th and 47th”, one of the most significant hints about a potential 2024 campaign yet.
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