After four years in the White House, Donald Trump quits the presidency of the United States with low job approval rates following the January 6 attack by his supporters on the United States Capitol, three new public opinion polls show .
One poll showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans were opposed to mob violence on Capitol Hill, and two suggest most people think Trump should be barred from running again.
At the same time, however, a partisan divide persists over the conduct of the outgoing president and whether he shares the blame for inciting the riot on Capitol Hill. And Trump’s base of supporters believe Republican politicians should always follow his lead.
The new findings come from surveys released Friday by the Pew Research Center and Washington Post-ABC News, and Thursday by Reuters-Ipsos.
Trump’s approval rating dropped to 29% in latest Pew Research Center survey, a record level.
Most American adults – 89% in the Washington Post-ABC News survey – oppose the actions of those who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week as Congress meets to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Polls indicate a cloud is growing over Trump, who is refusing to attend Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration which will take place amid extraordinary security precautions. Trump is planning his own departure rally at the Andrews Air Force base the same day.
The Washington Post-ABC News survey found that 56% of Americans are in favor of disqualifying Trump from office in the future.
The House of Representatives impeached Trump on January 13 for inciting insurgency and the US Senate is preparing to conduct a trial.
The Pew survey found that 68% of Americans do not want Trump to remain a major political figure in the years to come.
According to Reuters-Ipsos survey, which took place Jan. 8-12, Trump’s approval among Republican voters was 70%, down seven percentage points from the week before.
Yet 56% of Republicans in the ABC-Washington Post survey said Trump was not at all blamed for the attack on Capitol Hill, and 66% of Republicans said Trump had acted responsibly since the election. A majority continue to believe his false claims that the election was rigged, according to the survey.
Additionally, 51% of Republicans said Republican members of Congress did not go far enough to support Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
It remains to be seen whether that will change as new evidence comes to light and the public has a better understanding of what happened on January 6.
The FBI has opened more than 200 files on people suspected of attacking the Capitol and more than 100 arrests have been made, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC.
Some Republican politicians are breaking with Trump while others continue to support the baseless idea that the election was stolen from him.
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday, said she is hearing from voters who “don’t know what happened before and during President Trump involved”.
Herrera Beutler posted a 16-tweet thread detailing the mob attack and Trump’s role in it.
In conversations with residents about this week’s impeachment vote, some are unsure of what happened before and while President Trump was involved.
Here are the indisputable and publicly available facts ⬇️
– Jaime Herrera Beutler (@HerreraBeutler) January 15, 2021
Other Republicans, including Senator Josh Hawley, who in Congress opposed certification of Biden’s victory in two states, are not backing down on their claims about the election.
“Many citizens of Missouri are deeply concerned about electoral integrity,” Hawley said in an op-ed published Thursday in the Southeast Missourian newspaper.
“I will not bow to a lawless crowd, nor allow criminals to drown out the legitimate concerns of my constituents,” Hawley said.
Biden won the 2020 Electoral College election by 306 votes to 232. Biden won the national popular vote by 81.2 million votes against Trump’s 74.2 million.
Biden has received generally positive ratings in the latest polls for his handling of his role as president-elect.
The Pew Research survey was conducted online among a panel of 5,360 American adults from January 8 to 12.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone among 1,002 adults from January 10 to 13. He had a credibility margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
The Reuters-Ipsos poll was conducted among a sample of 1,399 American adults between January 8 and 12 with a credibility margin of 3.3 percentage points.