WASHINGTON – A day after the US House of Representatives impeached incumbent President Donald Trump to provoke last week’s rebellion in the Capitol, a new NBC News poll found that American voters are divided over their impeachment and removal from office, most Republicans strongly Stand back from President
Overall, 50 percent of voters say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 48 percent oppose.
By party, 89 percent of Democratic voters believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, compared to only 8 percent of Republican voters. Independents are divided with 45 percent in support and 53 percent in opposition.
The voting was held on 10 January. While the House on Wednesday voted to impeach the president, the Senate will not take up the matter until January 19, just one day before Trump’s term ends, meaning he won’t end the trial even while in office .
Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Heart Research Associates said, “Republican elected officials have broken up with Trump, Republican voters are now living with him, who conducted this poll with Republican pollster Bill McInterf of Public Opinion Strategies.”
“As we’ve seen during his tenure, the major incident after the major event has little to do with Trump’s standing with Republicans,” Hoeritt said.
Indeed, these numbers are almost identical to the voters’ attitudes about Trump’s impeachment and the removal in a 2019 NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll in Ukraine.
Then, adult respondents were divided, with 48 percent to 48 percent on presidential impeachment and removal from office, with 83 percent being Democrats but just 8 percent in favor of Republicans.
The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives impeached Trump in relation to Ukraine, but was acquitted by the US Senate.
The poll also found a majority of voters – 57 percent – assuming that rioters overtook the US Capitol as a result of last week’s protests was an act of terrorism, versus 40 percent who disagreed.
Once again, there is a significant division by the party here: 90 percent of Democratic voters call it an act of terrorism, compared to only 27 percent of Republican voters.
Voting 49 percent of voters said the attack on the Capitol was likely to trigger a major increase in violent political demonstrations and riots in the United States, while 45 percent said it was likely to be an isolated incident.
By party, 59 percent of Democrats believe the attack is likely the start of future violent protests, while just 36 percent of Republicans agree.
The NBC News poll conducted January 10–13, 2021 among 1,000 registered voters – 590 of which were reached only by cell phone – and the survey has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.