More Americans in Favor of Convicting Trump in Second Impeachment Trial Than in First: Poll

Six percent more Americans say they are in favor of their senators voting to convict former President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial than in his previous trial, according to a new poll.

In the poll, conducted by Gallup, 52 percent of Americans said they're in favor of convicting Trump, while 45 percent say they're in favor of their senators voting against conviction.

In comparison, a Gallup poll conducted before Trump's first Senate impeachment trial found 46 percent of Americans saying they were in favor of conviction while 51 percent said the opposite.

The Gallup poll surveyed 906 U.S. adults from January 21 to February 2 and reported a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll's findings come ahead of Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate after the House voted in favor of impeachment for "incitement of insurrection." The charges against Trump were filed after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol when his supporters breached the building in protest of Congress certifying state's electoral votes, with many believing that Trump's rhetoric sparked the violent riots.

In 2019, the House voted in favor of impeaching Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in relation to his dealings with Ukraine, but he was eventually acquitted in the Senate trial.

The recent poll also found that 8 percent more Democrats say they're in favor of convicting Trump while just 2 percent more Republicans say they opposite, when compared to the first impeachment trial.

According to the poll, 89 percent of Democrats or Democratic leaners said they are in favor of their senators voting to convict the former president, while 81 percent said the same before his first trial.

On the other hand, 88 percent of Republican or Republican leaners said they are in favor of their senators voting against conviction, while 86 percent agreed in 2020.

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A new Gallup poll suggests more Americans are in favor of convicting former President Donald Trump in the second impeachment trial than in the first. Above, the U.S. Capitol building is seen on February 8. Tasos Katopodis/Getty

Despite the poll's findings, many believe the upcoming impeachment trial will end the way as the previous one.

Last month, Senate Republicans attempted to dismiss the trial, saying that it was unconstitutional to impeach a private citizen as Trump is no longer president. The vote was killed in a 55-to-45 vote with all but five Republican senators voting in favor to dismiss the trial.

House impeachment managers previously made their case against Trump, claiming that he was "singularly responsible" for the riots at the Capitol, while on Monday Trump's lawyers claimed that he "did not direct anyone to commit lawless actions."

Newsweek reached out to Trump's spokesperson Jason Miller for comment but did not receive a response int time for publication.