Nearly 70% of Americans Don't Want Trump to Remain in Politics, Poll Shows

With less than a week left of his presidency, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they do not want to see Donald Trump remain a major political figure.

A report released by the Pew Research Center on Friday found 68 percent of Americans said they would not like to see Trump as a national political player after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.

Just 29 percent of those polled said they would like to see Trump continue to be a big name in politics for years to come. The president was buoyed by his conservative base, as 57 percent of all Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they want Trump to remain a major figure. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of Democratic respondents said the opposite.

As he prepares to leave office, Trump's job approval is the lowest of his presidency. Roughly two-thirds of Americans said they disapprove of how he's handled his job as president, including 56 percent who say they "strongly" disapprove. Just three in 10 people polled approved of his performance as commander-in-chief.

Pew attributed the drop in his approval rating to Republican and Republican-leaning independents. In August, 77 percent of those self-identified respondents approved of the way Trump was handling his job as president. Today, only 60 percent approve.

Both surveys were conducted after the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, when a mob of Trump supporters clashed with federal police and breached the building. Five people died during the deadly riot, including one law enforcement officer.

The riot coincided with a joint session of Congress to certify Biden's Electoral College victory. Before the violence erupted, Trump addressed his supporters for over an hour and encouraged them to "fight much harder." He also continued to assert the 2020 election was "rigged" and that he won by a landslide.

Trump departs White House 1/12/2021
President Donald Trump waves as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on January 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C. It was Trump's first public appearance following the deadly pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol. Drew Angerer/Getty

The House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 to charge Trump with "incitement of insurrection" in response to the January 6 attack. The vote made Trump the first president in history to be impeached twice. Now, the issue goes to the Senate where lawmakers will hold a trial on whether to convict Trump.

Trump reportedly told allies he planned to run for president again in 2024 after he lost his bid for re-election in November. But the Senate could block that goal, as Article I of the Constitution authorizes the chamber to impose two punishments for a public official found guilty of articles of impeachment: removal from office and a ban on future officeholding.

Biden urged lawmakers on Wednesday to conduct Trump's trial while also addressing other critical issues, such as coronavirus and the economy.

"This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy," the president-elect said. "I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation."