A new Quinnipiac University national poll reveals that a majority of Americans (55-43 percent) think former President Donald Trump “should not be allowed to hold elected office in the future,” but an overwhelming majority of Republican (87-11 percent) say he should be allowed.
The survey, released a couple of days after Trump emerged victorious from his second impeachment trial, also shows that by a 75-21 percent margin, Republicans want the former president to “play a prominent role in the Republican Party.”
This must gall Democrats, who many believe staged the second impeachment in hopes of preventing Trump from ever again holding federal office. There are suspicions among some Trump faithful that Democrats are worried Trump will run again for president in 2024 and win. Some Republicans who sided with Democrats on the impeachment vote are apparently already feeling heat from their constituents.
During the impeachment trial, according to the Quinnipiac survey, “About half of Americans say 51 – 44 percent that they support convicting Trump. Democrats say 92 – 6 percent they support conviction, independents are divided with 50 percent supporting conviction and 44 percent opposing, while Republicans say 89 – 9 percent they oppose convicting Trump.”
The survey was taken from 1,056 adults nationwide Feb. 11-14 with a margin of error of =/- 3 percentage points.
There are some other startling results of the poll.
According to Quinnipiac, “Nearly 7 out of 10 Americans (68 percent) think that Donald Trump did not do everything he could to stop the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while 25 percent say he did do everything he could to stop it.”
However, Republicans by a 54-34 percent margin insisted Trump did do all he could to stop “the insurrection.” Democrats, on the other hand, believe Trump didn’t do everything possible to prevent the destructive protest on a 94-6 percent margin, and Independents, by a 70-23 percent spread, didn’t either.
Half of all those surveyed believe the former president “deliberately spread false information that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, while roughly four in ten Americans (42 percent) say that Trump truly believed there was widespread voter fraud.”
One alarming survey revelation was that “More than half of Americans (57 percent) say they think that extremism in the United States is growing since the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, only 4 percent say it’s subsiding, and 34 percent say it’s staying the same. The responses were similar among all listed demographic groups.”
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