WASHINGTON – Most Americans believe that former President Donald Trump should not be allowed to hold an elected office in the future, according to a new survey from the University of Quinnipiac.
Two days ago, The Senate acquitted Trump for the second time during the historic impeachment trial, where he was accused of inciting a deadly uprising on January 6 at the Capitol. Respondents were polled last week, many before the Senate passed the verdict.
A majority of Americans, 55%, say that although Trump has been relieved in the Senate, which means he can run for office in 2024, if he wants to, he should not be allowed to run for office again. Forty-three percent of respondents disagreed.
However, 87% of Republicans polled said Trump should be allowed.
In addition, 75% of Republicans went further and said they would like Trump to have a prominent role in the future of the Republican Party, while 96% of Democrats and 61% of independents do not want to see a prominent member have a role.
Quinnipiac University public opinion analyst Tim Malloy said that although Trump “may be absent, he is certainly not at the mercy of the GOP. He has been recalled twice, humiliated by Democrats at trial, and social media almost silenced … despite everything, Donald Trump has a strong foothold in the Republican Party. “
Nearly seven out of 10 Americans, 68%, said Trump did not do everything he could to stop the uprising, while 50% of those surveyed said Trump was deliberately spreading false allegations of election fraud.
Forty-two percent say Trump truly believed in the misinformation he shared.
House managers who prosecuted the case against Trump at the Senate recall trial argued that he should have been convicted and disqualified from performing his future function to prevent the threat of more violence. Managers described Trump challenging the election results for months before encouraging his supporters on the day of the uprising to “fight” and “show strength” in protecting the number of votes of the Electoral College at the Capitol.
Trump’s defense team argued that everything Trump said before or after the uprising could not be considered incitement.
His lawyers denied that he had called for violence of any kind and that he had sought legal remedies for his election complaints. They also claimed that Trump’s speech on the day of the uprising contained a common political language such as “struggle” that is protected by the First Amendment.
The University of Quinnipiac survey surveyed 1,056 adult U.S. states nationwide from Feb. 11-14, with an error margin of +/- 3 points.