President Donald Trump retains overwhelming support from Republican voters in the final days of his tenure, an NBC News poll conducted after a crowd of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol shows.
Nearly nine out of ten Republicans are in favor of Trump’s job performance, according to the poll, a number practically unchanged from the November contest. 89 percent of Republicans said they would vote for Trump ahead of the election, compared to 87 percent in the last poll.
The poll, which sees Trump facing an unprecedented second impeachment trial in the Senate, suggests Republican support for the president in the wake of the January 6 attack in Washington, in which Trump supporters forcibly delayed the presidential certification, did not subsided. Vote Joe Biden’s election victory.
The data suggests the political problems GOP leaders might face in trying to get the outgoing president out of the way. Trump and his allies have threatened to work against Republicans who refused to support his attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 election.
Overall, Trump’s approval rating was 43% and thus in the same narrow range throughout his entire term in office. Trump’s approval rating was 44% in February 2017, shortly after his inauguration. Experts have said the stability of Trump’s ratings reflects an extremely polarized US electorate.
The survey was conducted between Sunday and Wednesday and has an error rate of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Trump was indicted by the House of Representatives on Wednesday with 232-197 votes. Every Democrat and 10 Republicans voted for the charge.
The poll also found Americans remain roughly evenly divided over whether or not to remove Trump from office, CNBC previously reported. These divisions fall sharply on partisan lines, with nearly nine in ten Democrats supporting his ousting and only one in ten Republicans saying the same. Independents refuse to remove the president by a 45% lead in favor of 53% against it.
Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th.
The numbers show that Trump remains firmly in control of the loyalty of Republican voters even on the way to the door. Republicans were evenly divided over whether they were primarily Trump or party supporters.
Among the Republicans who mostly support Trump, his work permit is 98%. For those who support the party primarily, it is 81%.
For most in the party, the attack on the Capitol, which killed five people, had no impact on the president’s support, while many said it boosted their support.
Two-thirds of Trump supporters said the president’s comments and actions hadn’t changed their views since the Jan. 6 attack, while nearly a third – 28% – said the events had strengthened their thinking. Only 5% said they had regretted their vote now.
Trump has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms since Jan. 6, after continuing to falsely claim the election was rigged.
He told the rioters in a video released on the afternoon of the riot to “go home” but added that “we love you” and “you are very special”. Under pressure, he admitted on January 7th that there would be an orderly change of power. He said he would not attend Biden’s inauguration.
While Trump’s support among the electorate has remained essentially constant, a growing number of prominent Republicans have broken publicly with him since the attacks on the Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Reportedly believes Trump’s conduct was incontestable despite remaining publicly neutral.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., The No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was one of the Republicans who voted in favor of the indictment against the president. Some Trump administration officials, including Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, resigned because of the riot.
The poll of 1000 registered voters was conducted from January 10-13, 2021 by the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies and the Democratic firm Hart Research. The margin of error for registered voters is +/- 3.1 percentage points.
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