A new Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll finds that, despite the drama of Jan. 6 and the farcical Senate impeachment trial that ensued, Trump’s support remains “largely unshaken.”
The survey of 1,000 Trump voters was conducted between February 15 and 19 by landline and cell phone. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 points.
If Trump were to create a new party, 46% of those surveyed would join him, while 27% would not. The remainder were undecided.
50% say GOP should become “more loyal to Trump,” even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans.
19% say the party should become less loyal to Trump and more aligned with establishment Republicans.
54% expressed stronger loyalty to Trump the person than the 34% who said they were more loyal to the Republican Party.
(Note: The creation of a third party is a bad idea. The larger point is that so many remain loyal to him.)
For most Trump voters, this is personal. The results speak for themselves.
Trump is seen as a fighter. He rarely backs down. Far more than most politicians, he delivered on his campaign promises. He loves his base and they love him back. Never in my lifetime have I watched a candidate stir up so much emotion from his supporters. Perhaps most important of all, he loves America. He is the most patriotic president since Ronald Reagan.
These results may come as a surprise to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who sanctimoniously denounced the former president shortly after the Capitol riot, on the Senate floor on the afternoon of his acquittal and again two days later in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. These actions triggered calls for his resignation from the Senate leadership position he holds by Republican Party officials in his home state of Kentucky. McConnell is 79 years old and won’t face re-election until 2026.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appears frequently on Hannity and talks tough. But his words are rarely followed by actions. Following the Jan. 6 capital riot, the (mostly) cowardly senator quickly folded. He told colleagues, “All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough.” It was time to move on from the election.
These are the same people who had control of the House and the Senate for the first two years of Trump’s presidency, an opportunity they squandered in many ways. Had then-House Speaker Paul Ryan not been such an anti-Trumper, the Trump Administration could have accomplished so much more. How many times did Paul Ryan counsel Trump to leave funding for his border wall out of spending bills only to lose the opportunity forever after the 2018 midterms?
Pollsters interviewed Republican Brandon Keidl, 27, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a small-business owner. “We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day. But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back.”
Other findings (via USA Today):
73% say Biden wasn’t legitimately elected. Most don’t want their representatives to cooperate with him, even if that means gridlock in Washington.
80% say they would be less likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supported Trump’s impeachment.
80% say the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump were motivated by political calculations, not their consciences.
62% say congressional Republicans “should do their best to stand up to Biden on major policies, even if it means little gets passed.”
26% say congressional Republicans “should do their best to work with Biden on major policies, even if it means making compromises.”
4% say the impeachment trial made them less supportive of Trump…42% say it made them more supportive…54% say it didn’t affect their support.
90% say the former president isn’t guilty of inciting an insurrection…80% say the crowd would have stormed the Capitol even if Trump hadn’t urged them to “fight like hell” at a rally outside the White House that day.
59% say they want him to run for president again in 2024…29% do not.
If he runs, 76%, would support him for the nomination…85% would vote for him in a general election.
Trump voters aren’t ready to acknowledge Joe Biden as president despite his margin of victory of 7 million votes nationwide.
The authors of the USA Today piece wrote that many “senior GOP figures who had hoped Trump’s decisive defeat for reelection and his subsequent impeachment might mean a post-Trump era was poised to begin.”
Trump’s decisive defeat? It was anything but decisive. Trump’s supporters (myself included) are finding it very hard to move on from the election because we are convinced that fraud occurred. Trying to present Biden’s victory as fact, in light of all the unexplored evidence, is just gaslighting the American public. Maybe that’s why the left tried to distract from the election results by impeaching the President again.
With over 1,000 sworn affidavits testifying that fraud had occurred, why were McConnell and so many other members of the Republican establishment so willing to accept Biden’s victory and move on?
The Republican Party does not need or want members who voted for Trump’s impeachment in the House like Liz Cheney (R-WY) or for his conviction in the Senate like Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
Did those who voted against him do so to disqualify him from running in 2024?
I believe it may have been Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”
When the chips were down for Trump, he was deserted by many who should have supported him. The results of this poll indicate that, unfortunately for the RINOs, the former president still remains a king or a kingmaker inside the Republican Party.
Establishment Republicans would be wise to recognize this.