Pence's unfavorability rating rises, Trump's favorability numbers skyrocket

 August 10, 2023

They can indict him, harass him, disparage him and hamstring him in every way possible, but former President Donald Trump keeps on grabbing victories in his quest to become the president in 2024.

According to Breitbart, not only is the former president's favorability continuing to climb, but his former subordinate, former Vice President Mike Pence, a 2024 GOP contender, seemingly doesn't stand a chance.

Not even a little chance, as a new poll revealed that a whopping four out of 10 Republican voters view the former vice president unfavorably.

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Pence is so unpopular, given that Trump's loyal supporters -- a sizeable number among all Republican voters -- essentially turned on Pence after the 2020 election.

Some wonder why he thinks he stands even a remote chance against his former boss, given how his reputation is in the gutter on the MAGA side.

Breitbart noted:

The survey showed Trump maintaining his dominant position, 43 points ahead of his GOP challengers with 59 percent support. This week, Pence dropped to fourth place, behind Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and anti-woke businessman Vivek Ramaswamy with six percent support, overall.

Making matters worse for Pence is the fact that he's now the second-most hated Republican presidential candidate, only behind former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has campaign so far on a bash-Trump ticket.

In contrast, there's at least one rising star in the 2024 GOP presidential candidate lineup: Vivek Ramaswamy. So far, he's run on an anti-woke ticket and has presented similar policy visions to that of Trump's.

"Ramaswamy is more popular than ever: The bulk of the expected GOP electorate (56%) holds positive views of entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, marking his highest favorability rating since he launched his campaign in February," Morning Consult said of the results.

Many believe Ramaswamy is on track to be Trump's pick as a running mate, given how closely aligned the two are, and given Ramaswamy's rapid rise in popularity with the Republican base.

Ramaswamy is one of very few Republicans in the 2024 lineup that have some favorability with the MAGA voter base.

Only time will tell who rises to the top of the list, but given the current numbers and logical outlook, it's not going to be Mike Pence.