Trump has just 10 days left in office.
January 10, 2021, 11:59 AM
• 9 min read
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.
At least one Senate Republican, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, said she wants Trump “out” in an interview with The Anchorage Daily News, and Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey told Fox News this weekend that he thinks Trump “committed impeachable offenses,” before adding, “I don’t know what is going to land on the Senate floor.” Neither have endorsed the possibility of impeachment proceedings, yet.
Sixty-seven percent of Americans lay blame squarely at Trump’s feet for the Wednesday riot and the unprecedented breach that led to the death of five, including a Capitol police officer who succumbed to injuries suffered during the attack. This includes 52% who believe he shoulders a great deal of the responsibility. Only 15% of those polled say that he bears none of the blame.
The assault on the Capitol came as a joint session of Congress was formalizing Biden’s Electoral College victory, which the president has assailed and challenged with unfounded claims of fraud over the last two months. More than two-thirds of Americans are not in agreement with the president,