Former US President Donald Trump still enjoys the loyalty of Republican supporters despite a second impeachment trial for allegedly inciting an emotional crowd that stormed the US Capitol building in January, according to a new poll.
Reaffirming the overwhelming support Mr. Trump enjoys among GOP voters, Sunday’s results of the Suffolk University-USA Today survey found that nearly 46% of those polled would drop out of the Republican Party and support a new party launched by Mr. Trump.
“We feel like the Republicans aren’t fighting enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can every day,” Brandon Keidl, a 27-year-old Republican from Milwaukee, said in a statement. interview. after being questioned. “But there are establishment Republicans who just go along with establishment Democrats and everything, and they never push back.
Earlier in January, it was reported that Mr Trump was considering creating a third party to discourage senators from voting to convict him during his impeachment trial. Later, Maggie Haberman, journalist at New York Times, said Mr. Trump was left out. “There is also the fact that threatening a third while simultaneously threatening the primaries makes no sense, which some have kindly pointed out to her,” she said. wrote.
In the survey of 1,000 Trump voters between February 15 and February 19, nearly 80% of respondents said they were less likely to vote for a Republican candidate who had supported the impeachment of their former commander in chief.
About 85% of attendees said they would vote for Mr. Trump in 2024 if he won the Republican nomination for president.
More than half of respondents said the Republican Party needs to become “more loyal” to Mr. Trump, even if it comes at the cost of losing more establishment Republicans.
The aftermath of Trump’s impeachment trial saw a blatant split within the GOP as the former president launched a scathing attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling it “a stark, brooding, and political hack. without smiling ”.
Mr McConnell, despite voting for Mr Trump’s acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, had said his former boss was “practically and morally responsible” for the riots that killed five people.
Many GOP lawmakers fear that the feud between the two Republicans will also have an impact on the party’s plans to win back a Senate majority in 2022, in a post-Trump era.
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