Millions of American voters are divided over whether President Donald Trump should be impeached for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a new poll.
Among Democratic voters, 9 in 10 believe the Senate should convict Trump. In comparison, fewer than 1 in 10 Republican voters hold that view. Among independent voters, 45% favor Trump’s impeachment, while 53% are against it.
Among all voters, 50% want the president removed from office while 48% say Trump should stay until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The NBC News poll was conducted between Jan. 10 and Jan. 13, days after throngs of Trump supporters violently breached the Capitol, while lawmakers counted the Electoral College results.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach Trump, making him to first president to be impeached twice in a single term.
Trump was first impeached by the House in September 2019 after a leaked phone call revealed that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate rival Joe Biden.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me,” Trump told Zelensky.
The House voted on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. However, the Senate acquitted Trump on both charges.
On Jan. 11, 2021, House Democrats brought the second impeachment legislation to the floor. The article of impeachment came after thousands of pro-Trump rioters — who were urged by Trump to march to the Capitol after a rally on Jan. 6 in which the president spouted his baseless claims of voter fraud — breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The Senate will not vote on Trump’s impeachment until Jan. 19, which would make him the first president to face an impeachment trial at the Senate after leaving office.
By the time the Senate trial begins, it will be too late to remove Trump from office by impeachment. However, the Senate could vote to disqualify the president from running for office in 2024.
Should Trump Be Removed From White House? Poll Shows America Split Over Impeachment The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ International Business Times.