‘Lost a lot of respect’: Focus groups find Missouri Republicans turning away from Trump

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On Tuesday, July 26, the research firm Engagious conducted two focus groups on Republican voters in Missouri — and found that many of them are moving away from former President Donald Trump as a possible candidate for the 2024 presidential election. Two Engagious members, company president Rich Thau and intern Jill DiTommaso, discuss the focus groups in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on August 1.

“Curious to hear what declining GOP support for Trump actually sounds like — and to get a sense of what’s animating it — we took the opportunity, on July 26, to probe that topic, and various others, in two focus groups,” Thau and DiTommaso report. “The respondents were not our usual Trump-to-Biden swing voters, but rather, 13 Missouri Republicans who, even at this late date, remain undecided in the state’s August 2 GOP Senate primary. Disclosure: The research was sponsored by Arnold Ventures.”

The Republican voters that Engagious spoke to a week ahead of Missouri’s GOP primary election on Tuesday, August 2 generally weren’t overly critical of Trump from a policy standpoint, but they believed that the Republican Party would be better off going with someone else in 2024.

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“While these Republican respondents expressed mixed emotions, they were by and large either opposed to or underwhelmed by the possibility of a Trump 2024 presidential run,” Thau and DiTommaso explain. “Five of the 13 said outright that they don’t want him to run again. Many of those cited his character and his behavior on January 6 as his greatest shortcomings.”

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