A new Rasmussen poll appears quite damning for John Kasich or any other NeverTrump politicians that hope to mount a Republican challenge to Trump in 2020.
Per Rasmussen, at least two former governors, William Weld of Massachusetts and John Kasich of Ohio, are reportedly considering Republican primary challenges to President Trump, but GOP voters overwhelmingly approve of the job Trump is doing and consider him a shoo-in for renomination.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 88% of Likely Republican Voters believe it’s likely Trump will be the GOP presidential nominee in 2020, with 70% who say it’s Very Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 25-26, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
There still remains a remnant of the NeverTrump wing of the Republican Party that continues to criticize and withhold support from President Donald Trump, even as he achieves success on a variety of issues that conservatives and Republicans have long championed.
As the 2020 presidential election draws near, a handful of those NeverTrumpers have signaled that they are considering mounting a primary challenge against the incumbent president to win the party’s nomination, but doing so would almost certainly be a fool’s errand.
A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports revealed that there is little room in the Republican Party right now for a challenge against President Trump, as Republican voters approve overwhelmingly of the job Trump has done thus far and consider him to be locked in when it comes to re-nomination in 2020.
The poll found that 88 percent of likely Republican voters believed that it was “likely” that Trump would earn renomination. In fact, 70 percent of those GOP voters said it was “very likely” that Trump would be the party’s nominee in the next election.
Furthermore, U.S. News and World Report noted that the Republican National Committee stands firmly behind President Trump as he seeks re-election, and RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced to the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference that any potential challenger to Trump’s renomination would “lose horribly.”
That doesn’t bode well for any Republicans currently thinking about challenging Trump for the nomination, which at this point includes only former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld and current Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, though it is possible that other NeverTrumpers could throw their hats into that ring.
“They have the right to jump in and lose. That’s fine,” McDaniel said of the potential primary challengers. “They will lose horribly.”