Majority of Americans Support Trump Conviction for Role in Capitol Riot Incitement: Poll

A majority of Americans support former President Donald Trump being impeached and convicted for his role in the January 6 U.S. Capitol riots, a higher share compared to his first impeachment.

Monmouth University released their latest poll Monday which found a 56 percent majority of those surveyed are in support of the House's second impeachment proceedings against the now-former president. A nearly identical January 2020 Monmouth survey showed 53 percent supported his impeachment on those two charges of Obstruction of Congress and Abuse of power. Pollsters said there is "more agreement Trump did something wrong" in this current impeachment trial, where he faces one charge of inciting insurrection tied to his behavior leading up to the deadly Capitol attack.

Support for Trump being convicted by the Senate — something which did not occur on either charge during his first impeachment — is also supported by a majority of those surveyed between January 21 and January 24. But in terms of a partisan divide, this majority saw barely any Republicans or Independents coming on-board. The majority of support is drawn from the overwhelming 92 percent of Democrats who say they want to see Trump's impeachment and conviction — a 2 percent drop from Democrat support of his first impeachment.

Just 13 percent of Republicans say they approve of Trump's second impeachment, compared to 8 percent who supported the first. Fifty-two percent of Independents support this impeachment, reflecting a negligible one-point increase from the first.

Despite the slightly larger support for Trump's second impeachment, which the House is expected to formally charge Monday, one-third of Americans continue to say President Joe Biden only defeated Trump as a result of voter fraud. Forty-two percent of Americans polled said they disapprove of the House impeaching Trump a second time. Many respondents accused Democrats and the ten House Republicans who joined them in charging Trump of "hypocrisy" amid calls for post-Trump unity.

"There is somewhat more agreement that Trump did something wrong than there was with the first impeachment," said Patrick Murray, the director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a statement released Monday. "But there are still a good number of Republican stalwarts who continue to stand with the former president regardless."

A 53 percent majority of the 809 U.S. adults surveyed by Monmouth this year say Trump's conduct in promoting "wild" protests at the Capitol is definitely grounds for impeachment. But just shy of one-third, or 30 percent of those polled, say his conduct was "improper" but does not rise to the level of impeachment.

Regardless of what Americans may feel about the impeachment proceedings, even some moderate Democrat senators say there is simply not enough Republican support to get a two-thirds majority to convict Trump. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, widely regarded as the most conservative Senate Democrat, said bluntly last week "We need 19 Republicans. We don't have them."

Newsweek reached out to representatives for Trump for reaction Monday afternoon.

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A single protester holds a sign protesting the second impeachment of President Trump at the location of a planed pro-Trump rally that didnt occur on January 16, 2021 in Salem, Oregon. Supporters of President Trump gathered at state capitol buildings throughout the nation today to protest the presidential election results and the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. NATHAN HOWARD / Stringer/Getty Images