Washington, DC, April 2, 2021 – A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that most Americans agree that former President Donald Trump was partly to blame for the Jan. 6th riot at the Capitol, and 61% agree that he should not run for president again in 2024. However, support for Trump among his Republican base remains strong as 55% of Republicans believe his 2020 election loss resulted from illegal voting or election rigging. Paradoxically, 35% of Republicans agreed with both of the following theories: that the people who gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6th were peaceful, law-abiding Americans and that it was actually led by violent left-wing protestors trying to make Trump look bad. To that end, 81% of Republicans still view Trump favorably. Of the other Republican political figures asked about, Republicans were most familiar with Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz. Yet, favorability for both of these figures is not as high as for Donald Trump. Sixty-one percent view Ted Cruz favorably, and only 38% favor Mitt Romney.
Finally, when it comes to voting rights, 81% of Americans believe it is important for the government to make it easier to vote, but 74% also think it's important that new limits are set to protect elections from fraud.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 30-31, 2021 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 451 Democrats, 379 Republicans, and 119 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.7 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.2 percentage points for independents.
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