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BI Poll: GOP Voter Majority Open to Trump Primary Challenge

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By    |   Monday, 06 May 2019 07:42 PM

A majority of GOP voters are at least open to listening to a primary challenger to President Donald Trump, an online survey showed.

In the Business Insider survey taken April 26-27 and released Monday, 24% of Republicans said they would probably back a primary challenger, while another 18% would seriously consider it and 19% are willing to listen to a GOP primary challenger.

Here is the breakdown:

  • 11% said "I would probably support a qualified Republican candidate who challenged President Trump in the primary."
  • 13% said "I would absolutely support a qualified candidate who challenged President Trump in the Republican primary."
  • 18% said "I support the president; however, I am open to other qualified Republican primary challengers."
  • 33% said "I fully back President Trump and would absolutely not consider voting for any Republican primary challenger."
  • 19% said "I'd probably back President Trump, but I would listen to a qualified primary challenger."

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.07 percentage points.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has announced plans to explore a run against the president, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are eyeing a possible primary bid.

An insurgent run against a sitting president has little recent precedent for success, The Washington Post has reported.

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