Politics

New Poll Show Most Americans Believe Trump Responsible For Capitol Incident

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A majority of the country believes President Donald Trump should be removed before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20 and two-thirds hold him accountable for the violent insurrection on Capitol Hill, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.

In the new survey, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ Knowledge Panel, 56% of Americans think the sitting commander-in-chief should be removed from office before the official transfer of power in less than two weeks, while 43% say he should not. Among those who say Trump should not be removed immediately, nearly half (45%) nevertheless say his actions this week were wrong.

Ousting the current president before his term expires splits Americans along partisan lines, with 94% of Democrats and only 13% of Republicans supporting the move. A majority of independents — 58% — also back removing him.

The end of Trump’s turbulent tenure has been marred by chaos. Earlier this week, throngs of pro-Trump loyalists, spurred by the outgoing president at his “Save America Rally,” besieged the U. S. Capitol complex — overpowering police blockades, breaking windows and ransacking the halls and offices.

In the aftermath of the riot on Capitol Hill, Trump is facing pressure to resign, even from within his own ranks — as sources tell ABC News that his Cabinet and allies have discussed invoking the 25th Amendment, although it’s unclear how extensive these conversations have been or whether Vice President Mike Pence supports such action.

Trump is also on the brink of being impeached for a second time as House Democrats ready impeachment charges that are expected to be introduced early this week.