Polling shows why Trump will retain his influence with the base even after leaving office

A new survey shows most Republican voters choose the outgoing president over Republicans in Congress when asked who better embodies a number of key party leadership traits, and Trump is the heavy favorite to be the GOP’s next presidential nominee, according to an early, hypothetical test of 14 potential candidates.

Nearly 7 in 10 Republican voters (68 percent) said they consider Trump to be more in touch with the party’s rank and file, compared with 20 percent who said the same of Republicans in Congress. Trump was also more likely to be considered effective and committed to the country’s best interests, leading congressional Republicans on both questions by 54 percentage points, 71 percent to 17 percent. Another 56 percent of Republican voters say Trump is predominantly looking out for the party’s best interests.