Half of Republicans would join Trump party, poll shows ahead of ex-president’s first speech since White House

ALMOST half of Republicans would join a new party if Donald Trump was its leader, a new poll has found.

The survey found that despite his second impeachment, support for the former President is still high as he prepares to make his first speech since leaving office.

Trump is reportedly in talks to start a new 'Patriot Party' with top aides after saying it's only the "beginning" of the MAGA movement.

According to the Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll, 46 per cent of Republicans would abandoned the GOP and join a new Trump party.

Half of those polled say party should become "more loyal to Trump," even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans.

Many such as Brandon Keidl have expressed disillusionment about the GOP leadership.

"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," said the 27-year-old small-business owner from Milwaukee.

"But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don't ever push back."

While there have been reports of Trump forming a new party, he is also said to be seeking to rebuild the Republicans in order to avenge the result of the 2020 election.

The former President is set to make his first public appearance since leaving office at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which kicks off in Orlando on Thursday.

Trump will preview his vision for the future of the GOP during his keynote address at next weekend.

His senior adviser Jason Miller told Newsmax, he will talk about the lessonsof the 2020 election.

“We saw President Trump bring in a record amount of African American voters, Latino American voters on the GOP side, bigger numbers than we've seen in modern Republican presidential history,” he said.

“We have to keep these voters engaged in the party.”

Miller said Trump would also share his views on the 'America First' agenda and what he feels the GOP needs to do to win back majorities in the House and Senate.

One in five of those polled by Suffolk University/USA TODAY say the party should become less loyal to Trump and more aligned with establishment Republicans. 

Seven GOP senators voted for his removal from office – the largest number from the party of a president facing impeachment.

Trump has been aiming insults at Mitch McConnell after the Republican Senate minority leader said that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly January 6 Capitol riot.

But while but many Republicans in Washington have cooled to him, Trump remains popular among the GOP base.

The party is seeing a battle between traditional Republican and Trump supporters, most recently in Virginia.

State Senator Amanda Chase is fighting the local GOP establishment there to be selected as its candidate in the gubernatorial race.

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