He has been impeached in the House and condemned by some of his own former top officials – but President Donald Trump maintains strong Republican support since his supporters rioted in the Capitol.
Sixty four per cent of Republicans support Trump’s recent behavior, according to a new Ipsos / Axios poll – a period that includes urging his supporters to ‘fight’ before they ransacked the Capitol during the electoral vote count.
On Wednesday, Trump was impeached in the House on a charge of incitement of insurrection.
POPULAR: 63 per cent of Republicans approve of President Trump’s recent actions, which include firing up supporters who went on to ransack the Capitol, prompting his impeachment
The figure in the poll includes 43 per cent of Republicans who ‘strongly’ approve of his actions and 20 percent who ‘approve.’ It coincides with a nationwide manhunt for those who breached the Capitol, with D.C. on lockdown and warnings of further potential political violence.
Thirty-four per cent of Republicans disapprove of his recent behavior.
Vice President Mike Pence gets even higher overall approval in the same poll. A third of voters ‘strongly approve’ of his recent behavior, with 41 per cent somewhat approving. What makes up the difference is 33 per cent approval among Democrats – after Pence upheld his ceremonial role and presided over a Joint Session when Congress counted the votes of the Electoral College.
President-elect Joe Biden beat Trump by 306-232 electoral votes.
Trump’s overall approval takes a hit in the poll, with just 29 per cent support of his recent actions and 69 per cent disapproval.
Trump’s strength puts him in a strong position for 2024 – unless the Senate votes to impeach him and votes to strip away his ability to hold an office of public trust. He is supported by 57 per cent of Republicans, according to the survey.
Trump’s strong support within the GOP comes even as a majority of backed impeachment in the survey.
HIGH NUMBERS: Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 during the riots
FILE PHOTO: A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021
The poll comes after an extraordinary period where Trump lost in the popular vote and the Electoral College to Joe Biden and challenged the election results
Republicans approve of the recent actions of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 61 to 36
A third of voters ‘strongly approve’ of Mike Pence’s recent behavior, with 41 per cent approval somewhat approving
It comes after an extraordinary period where he lost in the popular vote and the Electoral College to Joe Biden; challenged the results; suffered a series of defeats in court; got caught on a leaked call asking Georgia’s top election official to ‘find’ 11,780 votes for him; spoke to supporters who lay siege to the Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in six deaths; and got impeached.
Republicans disapprove of Sen. Mitt Romney’s recent behavior, 62 to 34, after the Utah senator called out Trump and voted to count the votes of Pennsylvania and Arizona.
Republicans approve of the recent actions of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 61 to 36, after Texas rallied Republicans not to accept the votes in states where Trump claims fraud and establish a special commission, and voted not to count them even after the riot in the Capitol.