Nearly half of Republicans say they would leave the Republican Party and join a new party created by Donald Trump.
According to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll 46 percent of Republicans say they would abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if he decides to create one, while just 27 percent say they would remain in the GOP. The rest are undecided.
The poll was conducted after Donald Trump was acquitted of the charge of inciting an insurrection in the Senate impeachment trial.
More troubling news for establishment Republicans like McConnell, half of Republicans say the party should be more closely aligned with Donald Trump.
50 percent of the people polled say the GOP should become “more loyal to Trump,” even if it means losing the support of establishment Republicans. 19 percent say the party should become less loyal to Trump and more aligned with establishment Republicans.
“We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day,” Brandon Keidl, a 27-year-old Republican small-business owner from Milwaukee told pollsters. “But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back.”
The Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll was taken among 1,000 Trump voters, identified from 2020 polls, between Feb. 15 and Feb. 19. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.