53% of Americans Say Trump Should Be Barred From Presidential Run Again as Acquittal Looms

The likelihood of Donald Trump being convicted in the Senate may be slim to none, according to experts. But a majority of Americans think that the former president should never be able to run for the White House again.

A new poll from The Economist/YouGov found 53 percent of U.S. adults replying "no" when asked if Trump should be allowed to pursue the Oval Office again. Thirty-seven percent of respondents took the opposite view, stating he should be able to run for office in the future.

While an overwhelming percentage of Democrats surveyed (90 percent) said Trump shouldn't be allowed to run for president again, the former commander-in-chief still enjoyed support from his base. Eighty-two percent of Republican respondents said he should be allowed to become a future political candidate.

The poll's findings come as Trump is facing his second impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. Trump has been charged with "incitement of insurrection" after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to disrupt the congressional certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Democrats will need 17 Republican members to join them in finding Trump guilty in order for there to be a conviction, which could result in the former president being disqualified from holding any federal office again. But experts told Newsweek that the chances of a conviction are unlikely.

The Economist/YouGov survey found Americans were split on the issue of conviction. Most respondents—47 percent—said the Senate should vote to convict. But 42 percent of U.S. adults said lawmakers shouldn't support conviction.

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President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One for his last time as President on January 20, 2021 in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. A majority of Americans think Trump should never be allowed to run for president again, according to a new poll. Pete Marovich/Poll/Getty Images

Trump has reportedly expressed interest in a 2024 run. Earlier this week, his former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, urged Trump to run again as a "martyr."

The former president's attorneys have argued that the only reason Democrats are impeaching him is because they are afraid to go up against him in the future.

"Let's understand why we are really here," Bruce Castor Jr., a member of Trump's defense, said during the first day of the trial. "We are really here because the majority in the House of Representatives does not want to face Donald Trump as a political rival in the future."

David Schoen, another lead member of Trump's legal team, said Tuesday that Democrats "hated the results of the 2016 election and want to use this impeachment process to further their political agenda."

The Economist/YouGov poll was conducted from February 6 to February 9 and surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.