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President Donald Trump at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, February 23, 2018. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Poll: 54% of Americans want Senate to convict Trump

Outgoing President still has strong support from Republicans

By David Wildstein, January 18 2021 2:35 pm

Two out of three Republicans nationwide (67%) view Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election to be legitimate, but more than half of the nation (55%) support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday.

More than half (54%) of Americans want the U.S. Senate to convict Trump, and 59% say he should not be permitted to hold elected office in the future.

“A seething President Trump seems poised to slip out of D.C. by the back door while the transition takes place, leaving a wary capital encircled by troops, a weakened country assaulted by a murderous virus, and a weary population disillusioned and divided, wondering if the person next door is a friend or an enemy,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy.

Trump leaves office with an upside-down 34%-61% job approval rating, but with Republicans approving of the soon-to-be former president by a 73%-21% margin.

Still, by a 61%-33% margin, Republicans say that Trump should continue to play a key role in the GOP after his term ends.  Nearly seven-out-of-ten Republicans (69%-28%) believe Trump represents the Republican Party.

“Though he has taken a hit with the base, no matter what legal issues he faces, Donald Trump can take some solace in the fact that almost three-quarters of the GOP still support him and nearly that same percentage believe the election was stolen from him,” Malloy said.

Most Americans (63%) say that Members of Congress who voted to overturn the result of the election should face consequences, while 22% say those officials ought to be celebrated.

Among Republicans, that number is 49% celebrated, 26% face consequences.

Half the nation (51%) believe Trump’s actions after the November 3 election merit criminal charges, while 43% say they do not.  Almost six-out-of-ten Americans (59%) view Trump as responsible for inciting violence, although 82% of Republicans say he wasn’t.

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