• Polling indicates that a slight majority of voters support Trump being charged with incitement
  • He continues to enjoy broad support from Republicans, slightly diminished by the Capitol Building riots
  • Americans are divided overall, with almost half saying they're uncertain about the future of our current system of governance

A slim majority of Americans want to see Trump charged with the incitement of the mob that attacked the Capitol Building, which would bar him from holding public office if convicted.

The poll, conducted by The Washington Post, found that most almost all residents condemned the riots but agreed on little else.

A total of 54% of those polled said Trump should be charged with incitement. In interviews, his supporters said that the Capitol Riots were more peaceful than Black Lives Matter demonstrations and falsely said that leftists had infiltrated the “Stop The Steal” rally to make them look bad.

“The protesters that stormed the Capitol didn’t represent anything, and they were such a small handful of people,” William Palma, a retired New York City transit worker and Trump supporter, told The Washington Post. “Their objective was to make the real Trump supporters look bad. The majority wasn’t Trump supporters; a few of them may have been.”

Trump continues to enjoy widespread support among Republicans on other issues, such as the direction the party should take going forward. Only 12% say he should be charged with incitement, and almost 60% say the party should follow his lead going forward. Just under half of Republicans wanted party leadership to go further to support his allegations of election fraud.

US President Donald Trump owns the unfortunate distinction of being the only American leader to have been impeached twice
US President Donald Trump owns the unfortunate distinction of being the only American leader to have been impeached twice AFP / MANDEL NGAN

That presents something of a paradox for the Republican party, given his abysmal image among independents and Democrats.

A whopping 48% of those polled said Trump would go down in history as a poor president, the worst option offered. Only 36% said the same of George W. Bush.

Overall, Trump's popularity with his base isn't enough to offset his losses elsewhere. Fully 52% of respondents said they “strongly disapprove” of Trump’s performance, with other markers of popularity reaching their lowest points since 2018. Only 38% of those polled approved of his actions.

Another warning sign is divided confidence in the system of government altogether, with 30% optimistic, 20% pessimistic and 48% uncertain. Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to think positively of our democracy.

Polls from other sources found similar numbers, with slight majorities of voters supporting Trump's removal from office.