Many in the mainstream media would like their viewers to believe that former President Donald Trump is no longer a force in the realm of Republican politics.
But a recent Quinnipiac University poll tells a vastly different story, one that makes crystal clear that Republican voters — a staggering 75 percent of them — very much want Mr. Trump involved in politics moving forward. The poll was published 48 hours after Trump was acquitted for the second time in a U.S. Senate impeachment trial, according to the Daily Caller.
Only 21 percent of Republicans do not desire for Trump to play an active role and among all voters, some 63 percent overall want Trump to stay out of the way.
Not surprisingly, Democrats felt strongly about Trump moving on and doing other things, as 96 percent of Democratic voters would presumably rather he stick to the golf course and stay out of the political spotlight, moving forward. Independents were somewhere in the middle, with 61 percent preferring Trump go away.
“He may be down, but he is certainly not out of favor with the GOP. Twice impeached, vilified by Democrats in the trial, and virtually silenced by social media … despite it all, Donald Trump keeps a solid foothold in the Republican Party,” said Tim Malloy, a Quinnipiac University polling analyst.
The poll also asked the 1,056 respondents about Trump’s role in the lead-up to the Capitol riots on Jan. 6. Just over half of Americans — at 54 percent — believe Trump was responsible for the tragic events of that day. On the subject of whether or not Trump should have been convicted, 51 percent of Americans felt like he should have been.
While those numbers are large, the counter-numbers are just as impressive. Trump obviously has tens of millions of loyal supporters who very much wish for him to continue wielding his impressive influence in Republican politics, especially as the country is only a year away from the 2022 midterm election season.
As Yahoo News reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — one of Trump’s strongest GOP allies in Congress — recently told Fox News that without Trump in the mix, Republicans “don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell” of retaking majority control of the Senate.