Huge Majority Say They’re Not Considering Voting For Vivek Ramaswamy

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In new polling by Ipsos, a majority of likely voters in the Republican presidential primary ahead of next year’s elections said they’re not even considering casting a vote for Vivek Ramaswamy, a businessman vying for the nomination. The polling was conducted after the latest debate in the GOP presidential primary, which was held on December 6. Front-runner Donald Trump has not been participating in these debates.

Ramaswamy, despite the fact that he is technically running against Trump, has also effectively allied himself with the former president, and the ex-commander-in-chief-turned-continued candidate has returned the favor. “Vivek WINS because he thinks l’m great,” Trump said on Truth Social after the same debate that gave rise to this polling. Voters, though, aren’t buoying Ramaswamy.

The Ipsos polling, completed December 7, found only 20 percent of respondents were even considering backing Ramaswamy in the primary, while 62 percent said they were not considering doing so. For comparison, the portion who said they weren’t considering Trump was only 30 percent — which roughly tracks with his consistent performance in polling, in which he’s repeatedly secured a commanding majority of the support but not everybody.

During again this same debate, Ramaswamy espoused conspiracy theories alleging secret federal involvement in orchestrating/propelling the violence of January 6, 2021, an idea that’s not been substantiated by any public evidence. “January 6 now does look like it was an inside job,” Ramaswamy told the debate crowd to applause.

Others who’ve promoted similar claims include GOP Reps. Clay Higgins (La.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.). Alan Hostetter, a January 6 defendant, also characterized what took place that day as somehow “staged,” referencing Ramaswamy’s debate remarks at his recent sentencing hearing — none of which particularly helped his case, which culminated with a sentence of over 11 years. Hostetter even questioned whether deceased January 6 participant Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by police, really died.