Most Americans Believe That Donald Trump Should Have Been Convicted

A solid majority of the American people believe that the United States Senate should have convicted ex-President Donald Trump on the single impeachment charge for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

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The KnowledgePanel survey of 547 adults from February 13-14, 2021 found:

  • Overall, 58% believe Trump should have been convicted, and a similar number (61%) say the charges were serious enough for him to be impeached and put on trial.

  • While a vast majority of Democrats (88%) and most independents (64%) believe Trump should have been convicted, just 14% of Republicans agree.

  • These numbers do not reflect any growth or change in levels of support for impeachment compared to the time period before the trial.

The poll also gathered:

  • Fifty-six percent rate the evidence against Trump as strong, compared to 37% who say it was weak.

  • This breaks out along similar partisan lines as the belief in conviction, with a strong majority of Democrats believing the evidence is strong, and very few Republicans agreeing.

  • More than three-quarters (77%) believe the senators voted based on partisan politics, compared to 23% who said they voted based on the facts in the case.

  • This is one area of agreement for Democrats and Republicans: nearly equal numbers believe the senators voted based on politics.

Trump’s acquittal was ultimately due to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) having delayed Trump’s trial until after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, resulting in most of the GOP caucus insisting that the trial was unconstitutional in spite of overwhelming evidence of the former president’s guilt.

Although seven Republicans joined 50 Democrats in voting to convict, Trump was acquitted 57-43 on Saturday, ten votes shy of the 67 needed.

But what was even more insane was McConnell’s speech after he voted to let Trump off the hook for his attempted coup.

“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it,” the minority leader said from the Senate floor. “The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”

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