Three-quarters of Republicans want Donald Trump to play a prominent role in the Republican Party, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released on Monday.
The poll showed 89% of Republicans opposed the conviction of Trump in his U.S. Senate impeachment trial – a number that closely mirrored the 86% of GOP senators who voted not guilty on Saturday – and 87% of Republicans say Trump should be allowed to hold public office in the future. Almost 9 out of 10 Republicans (89%) believe Trump was not responsible for inciting violence that led to the deadly January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.
“He may be down, but he is certainly not out of favor with the GOP. Twice impeached, vilified by Democrats in the trial, and virtually silenced by social media,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy. “.”
Among all Americans polled, 55% oppose Trump returning to public office, while 46% support his eligibility. A majority, 54%-43%, view Trump as responsible for the violence at the Capitol last month.
The nation is split, 44%-44%, on whether Trump should be formally censured, and by a 55%-37% margin, Americans feel that there would have been no insurrection in Washington if not for Trump’s words.
Asked if Trump did everything he could to stop the January 6 events, 68% of Americans said he did not. Among Republicans, the number was closer: 56% said he did everything and 34% said he did not.
“Did the former president drop the ball on controlling the insurrection? Most assuredly, say the majority of Americans, fresh off hearings that brought visual proof of the mayhem on January 6th,” Malloy said.
Most Americans (50%-42%) said Trump deliberately spread false information about voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Among Republicans, 84% felt the former president “truly believed” the results were fraudulent and 10% though the information was false.
More than half of Americans polled (56%) said that since January 6, extremism is growing in the nation; a little more than one-third (34%) say it is the same, and just 4% believe it is subsiding. Among Democrats, it’s 60%-33%, and Republicans are at 60%-30%.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from February 11-14 with a sample size of 1,056 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3%.