On Tuesday morning, former South Carolina governor and Republican Nikki Haley made public her intention to seek the party’s presidential candidacy in 2024. Ironically on her very first day as a presidential candidate, Nikki Haley was the subject of a brutal poll.
The Reuters/Ipsos survey released right after her declaration shows that she has significant challenges.
Haley was the first Republican to announce she would run against Trump for the nomination. She served in Trump’s administration as U.N. ambassador after leaving her role as governor of South Carolina. Undoubtedly, more may join the GOP contest, but as of November’s announcement, it’s only Haley and Trump.
As Haley positioned herself as the only person capable of leading the party into the future, she made a few light barbs at her previous employer and others Republicans.
Haley said that for some, the United States of America represents a soft target. There is a chance for the socialist left to rewrite the past. According to Haley, China and Russia, two superpowers, are making rapid advances. Everyone has this idea that they can bully the U.S. and that the U.S. is easy to kick around. She went on to add that she is not someone who tolerates bullies, and you should know that. And if you’re wearing heels, kicking back will hurt much more.
Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, has utilized her background to advocate for a more inclusive and accepting America. According to Haley, some have said that freedom’s promise is a myth, and others see U.S. viewpoints as not merely incorrect but also racist and harmful, and Haley believes that the opposite is true.
She noted that the GOP has been unsuccessful in winning the popular vote in seven of the previous eight presidential contests. That’s something that has to be altered.
To a large extent, Haley is right in her appraisal of the Republican Party. The party has to do a better job of appealing to swing voters and inspiring its core supporters to get out and vote and rally their friends and family to do the same.
But if the survey released on Tuesday indicates how people feel about her, Haley’s bid may be cut short before the end of the primary season.
Reuters/Ipsos polled 1,465 registered Republicans between February 6 and Monday and found that 43% of them would vote for Trump if the Republican primary was held today.
Florida’s conservative Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, who
has avoided answering questions regarding a potential presidential run, finished in second with 31%.
Ex-Vice President Mike Pence, who has hinted at a possible candidacy, received support from 7% of those questioned by Reuters/Ipsos.
Haley received support from only 4% of all Republican voters, placing her in fourth place.
The poll’s credibility interval, a measure of precision, was reportedly about 3% for registered Republicans, according to Reuters’s reporting on the poll’s methodology. There will be more surveys, but the 2024 contest has just begun, and the field is only starting to take form.
The biggest unknown is whether DeSantis will run for president, as he is the only candidate polling close to Trump.
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