It was revealed just days ago that Donald Trump has been ready to launch his 2024 presidential campaign for weeks on end.
There is little doubt that this day will come, at some point; the former President has been hinting about it nearly weekly since he left office some 8 months ago. But his aides and advisers have been hesitant to condone taking that step just yet on account of how it might impact the 2022 midterms and Democratic turnout within them.
You see, the Democrats are motivated more by beating Donald Trump than the promise of their own agenda.
But we mustn’t mistake this caution for a lack of enthusiasm. Oh no. Trump is still top dog on the right…and by quite a bit.
Donald Trump is now more popular in Iowa than he ever was as president, according to a new poll. The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa found that 53% of Iowans now have a favorable view of Trump. That’s the highest favorability rating he’s ever scored in the state. A record low of 45% of Iowans said their view of Trump was mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable. Some 2% still haven’t made their minds up about the Republican. In the 2020 election, Trump won the state over Joe Biden 53% to 45%. The poll found President Biden’s approval rating in Iowa has hit a new low: Only 37% have favorable feelings toward him.
And Trump’s outsider status seemed to be a big part of that.
Poll respondents said they like Trump because he is not a traditional politician, the Registerreports. “Doesn’t make a difference whether they were Democrat or Republican—they were all politicians,” 81-year-old Jerry Steward said of Trump’s predecessors. “He is not that. I don’t know what he is, but he’s not that.” Trump plans to visit the state Saturday for a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, his first rally in the state since his 2020 campaign.
The very idea of dealing with Donald Trump in 2024 has many Democrats shaking in their boots, and this Iowa polling certainly isn’t going to help calm them down any.