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The DeSantis Base: Navigating the Divide between Pro-Trump and Anti-Trump Republicans

Recently, the Republican party has been divided between supporters of former President Donald Trump and those who oppose him. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is rumored to be a possible presidential candidate in 2024, has been seen as one of Trump’s closest allies in the party.

However, some recent polling suggests that DeSantis may not be as popular with Republican voters as previously thought. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, only 44% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they want a presidential candidate who closely aligns with Trump’s policies, while 51% say they want someone who takes a different approach.

This shift in attitudes could be a challenge for DeSantis, who has closely aligned himself with Trump’s policies and rhetoric. While he has been praised by many conservatives for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Florida, he has also faced criticism for his close ties to Trump and his controversial policies on issues like immigration and voting rights.

It remains to be seen how this divide within the Republican party will play out in the coming years. Some believe that Trump’s influence over the party will continue to be strong, while others think that a new generation of Republican leaders will emerge with different priorities and approaches.

In any case, the 2024 presidential election is shaping up to be a pivotal moment for the Republican party and for American politics more broadly. As the country continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social and political divisions, the stakes could not be higher.

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