Posted 68 days ago
Nearly two-thirds of Republicans say it is important for the GOP to show at least some loyalty to former President Donald Trump despite the widespread belief his political influence has dimmed heading into the 2024 cycle.
A CBS News/YouGov survey found 35% of Republicans said loyalty to Mr. Trump is very important and 30% said it is somewhat important, while only 14% said it is not important at all.
Eight in 10 Republicans said they would prefer candidates whose policies and proposals are similar to Mr. Trump’s, while two-thirds said they would like them to espouse his view on the 2020 election.
Mr. Trump has said the election was stolen from him but has been unable to substantiate his claims, and many allies dismissed his claims in testimony to the House select committee on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U. S. Capitol.
Only half of Republicans said they would like GOP candidates to “handle themselves” in a fashion similar to Mr. Trump, though the push for loyalty suggests the ex-president still holds sway over the party.
Mr. Trump’s actions before and during the Jan. 6 attack and the disappointing performance of his hand-picked candidates in the recent midterm elections have produced a schism in the GOP, with some saying it is time to move on and look to someone like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the leader of the party.... (Read more)