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Many members of the GOP are rejecting Trump, turning on him for what can only be viewed as political convenience. But is it a smart idea? According to a new poll, it really isn’t. In fact, the GOP risks losing about half of the 75 million Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump in 2020.

Suffolk University/USA TODAY survey reveals that nearly half — 46 percent — of Trump voters say that if the former President were to join a third party, they would follow him there. “If there’s a civil war in the Republican Party, the voters who backed Donald Trump in November’s election are ready to choose sides,” the USA Today report says. “Behind Trump.”

It gets worse for the GOP. Only 27 percent say they would definitely stick with the Party. Another 27 percent say they are not sure what they will do. In other words, nearly double the number who are sure about the GOP say they are certain about Trump — certain enough to follow him to another political party. And support for third parties is at an all-time high, so this isn’t exactly unlikely.

And the news for the GOP gets grimmer. President Trump has hinted at forming a new political party — one that this survey shows will leech nearly 35 million away from the Republican Party at a minimum. If he pulls the trigger on a political party of his own, President Trump plans to call it the “Patriot Pary,” a name many of those undecideds could likely get behind.

No matter how some like Mitch McConnell feel about President Trump, it is clear that opposing him may very well mean the death of the Republican Party. And that may mean a dark period in which Democrats use the split in support to seize total control. Joe Biden talks a lot about unifying the country, but we must focus first on unifying the party. The future of this great nation depends on it.