Two numbers that should worry Republicans about Trump 2024

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(CNN)It's hard to find anyone these days who is a) paying attention to Republican politics and b) thinks Donald Trump is not going to run for president for a third time in 2024.

But even as Republican go hurtling toward what feels like that inevitable outcome, there are signs that Trump as the GOP nominee come 2024 is a fraught proposition for the party.

    There are two such signs in the latest New York Times/Siena College national poll of registered voters.

      1) 54% believe that in his actions after the 2020 election, Trump "went so far that he threatened American democracy." (Just 38% said he was "just exercising his right to contest the election.")

        2) 51% said that Trump has "committed serious federal crimes" in regards to the various ongoing investigations into him.

        Consider those two data points. A


        of the electorate believes that the former President of the United States actively threatened American democracy and committed federal crimes.

          And yet, despite those numbers, Republicans -- or at least the Republican base -- seem set to nominate him again to the highest office in the country.

          Which seems, well, like a risk?

          (Worth noting: In the Times/Siena poll, Trump takes 42% to Joe Biden's 45% in hypothetical 2024 presidential matchup.)

          The challenge for Republicans is that Trump remains extremely popular with the GOP base. Which would make it very tough for anyone -- even Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis -- to knock him off in a primary fight.

            But numbers like these should worry Republicans about what they would be getting with Trump as the nominee. Are voters really going to support a candidate they believe broke federal laws?

            The Point: Welcome to the conundrum of Trump -- unbeatable (or close to it) in a primary and deeply problematic in a general election.

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