Roughly half of all Americans believe President Donald Trump should be forced to leave office immediately, several polls found after a mob of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol this week and tried to overturn his election loss — but while many Democrats are angling to impeach Trump, it’s unclear how many congressional Republicans will back the idea.
President Donald Trump speaks at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Some 57% of Americans think Trump should leave office as soon as possible instead of serving out the remaining 12 days of his term, according to an Ipsos/Reuters poll conducted Thursday and Friday (14% want impeachment, 30% want his Cabinet to remove him by invoking the 25th Amendment and 13% want him to resign).
Just 44% of registered voters told Politico and Morning Consult that Congress should start impeachment proceedings, but 49% favor a 25th Amendment removal by his Cabinet, a strategy Vice President Mike Pence and several key Cabinet secretaries reportedly do not support (the poll was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday).
Similarly, a YouGov poll from Thursday found 50% of Americans want Trump removed from office immediately, with 55% saying Trump shoulders a great deal of blame for Wednesday’s events.
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House Democrats say they will introduce articles of impeachment on Monday accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection. If a majority of the Democrat-controlled House votes to impeach him, the articles will head to the Senate for a trial, but it isn’t clear whether the Senate will hold removal proceedings by the time Trump’s term expires on Jan. 20. Many Republicans are likely to oppose the move: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) did not rule out voting to remove Trump, but Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cast the idea as divisive and unnecessary. The White House, for its part, called the impeachment effort “politically motivated.”
A majority of Democrats (92%) and Republicans (71%) opposed the mob that broke into the Capitol building, according to the Ipsos/Reuters poll. But the bipartisan sentiments stop there. Some 86% of Democrats strongly disapprove of Trump’s actions on Wednesday, whereas only 20% of Republicans hold the same belief. And while 88% of Democrats want Trump to leave office as soon as possible, 77% of Republicans want him to finish out his term.
The Capitol was overrun on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight” and directed them to march to Capitol Hill. A mob of his supporters occupied the building as members of Congress worked to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win, a procedural step Trump attempted to block. Hours later, Trump encouraged his supporters to go home on Twitter, but he waited more than a day before explicitly condemning the occupation. Since then, some members of both parties have partly blamed Trump for the rioting, arguing his aggressive rhetoric and false claims of vote-rigging stirred some of his supporters into violence.
59%. That’s the share of Americans who described the people who broke into the U.S. Capitol as criminals, according to Ipsos and Reuters. Just 9% called them concerned citizens, and 5% saw them as patriots.