A majority of Americans say that President Trump should be removed from office for his role in last Wednesday’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters, according to two new national polls.
Saying they held him responsible for the storming of the Capitol, which left five people dead, including a police officer (a second officer is said to have committed suicide following the attacks), 52 percent of Americans told pollsters at Quinnipiac University that Trump should be removed from office. Forty-five percent surveyed said they did not think Trump should be removed prior to Jan. 20, the last day of his term.
Those findings are similar to those reported in an ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Sunday in which 56 percent of Americans said Trump should be removed from office, while 43 percent said he should remain until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.
Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a single article of impeachment against Trump on Monday, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” in connection with the violence in the nation’s capital. Trump had exhorted his followers to attend a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington on the day that Congress was scheduled to certify the results of the Electoral College vote. When roughly 35,000 of his supporters showed up at that rally, he delivered a speech directing them to head to the U.S. Capitol to “fight like hell,” otherwise “you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
Since his election loss, Trump has waged a campaign to try to convince the nation that the only reason Biden won was because of voter fraud. The president’s arguments, despite being refuted by state election officials as well as in the courts, seemed to gain traction among his supporters as well as with many Republican lawmakers.
Yet 58 percent of Americans in the Quinnipiac poll said they believed there was no widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, while 37 percent said there was. In the ABC News/Ipsos poll, 68 percent of those surveyed said Biden’s win was legitimate, while 32 percent said it was not.
In the Quinnipiac poll, 60 percent said Trump was undermining American democracy, while 34 percent said he was not. The news was not much better for the Republicans who voted to challenge the certification of Biden’s win even after the pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol and halted the proceedings, with 58 percent saying that those GOP lawmakers were undermining democracy, while 34 percent said they were not.
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