A significant portion of Republicans are open to a primary challenge to President Trump. The problem is, actual candidates don’t poll well

A Monmouth University poll released this week shows that former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders remain the favorites for the 2020 Democratic nomination. That’s old news.

More interestingly, a significant portion of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters are open to the idea of a GOP primary. But actual challengers polled against Trump do not do well.

 

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There are two ways to read this. One, many Republicans may like the idea of a primary even though they support Trump. They are Republicans who are also small-d democrats. Another idea is that many would support a theoretical challenge to Trump, but they can’t think of anyone they’d support to defeat him. Either explanation is pretty troubling for the 10-20 percent of Republican voters who probably strongly want another Republican nominee for 2020.

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