KEY POINTS

  • Majority of Trump supporters said they would join a party established by Trump 
  • 50% of Trump supporters said the GOP should be "more loyal to Trump"
  • 58% of voters said the Capitol riot was caused by the Antifa

Republican voters are still remaining loyal to former President Donald Trump even after he faced his second impeachment trial in the Senate. 

A new poll by Suffolk University and USA Today found that 46% to 27% of GOP voters said they would abandon the Republicans and join Trump’s party if the former president formed one. 

“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,” Republican voter Brandon Keidl, 27, told USA Today in an interview after being polled. 

Half of the 1,000 Trump voters polled said Republicans should be “more loyal to Trump.” One in five or 19% of the voters said they believe the GOP should be less loyal to Trump. 

The survey, which was taken through landline and cellphone interviews from Feb. 15 to 19, also found that 54% said they were now more loyal to Trump. Other voters, 34%, said they were loyal to the Republican Party that nominated Trump for the White House. 

In the poll, 80% of Trump voters say the seven Republican senators were motivated by political ambitions when they voted to convict the former president. The same number of Republican voters said they were unlikely to vote for the 10 GOP representatives that supported Trump’s impeachment in the House. 

Only 40 out of the 1,000 respondents said they were less supportive of Trump after the impeachment trial at the Senate. At least 42% said they were more supportive and 54% said the trial did not affect their support.

A majority of Trump voters, 58%, said the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol mostly involved people associated with the Antifa. Investigations conducted by law enforcement officers after the rally found that the Antifa had no role in the riot. 

Only 28% said the assault was a rally of pro-Trump supporters. Some, 4%, called the rally an “attempted coup” that the former president had inspired.  Former US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal in 2018 Former US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal in 2018 Photo: AFP / JIM WATSON