Reuters/Ipsos: Capitol Unrest Survey (01/08/2021)

A majority of Americans want Donald Trump removed from the presidency

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, January 8, 2021

The latest public opinion poll from Reuters/Ipsos finds that, following people breaking into the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, 57% of Americans say that Donald Trump should no longer be president. This includes 44% who believe he should be removed, either by way of impeachment (14%) or the 25th Amendment (30%), and an additional 13% who say he should resign. Forty-three percent say he should continue as president until the end of his term.

Approximately three in four Americans strongly oppose the actions of the people who broke into the Capitol building (72%), including 87% of Democrats and 58% of Republicans. In all, 81% of Americans oppose the actions. Just 12% of Americans report supporting the people who broke into the Capitol, including 23% of Republicans. Six percent of Americans don’t know.

When asked about how they perceive certain public figures’ responses to the actions at the Capitol, 60% of Americans say they approve of how President-elect Joe Biden responded. Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Donald Trump’s response, including a majority of Republicans (59%). Twenty-seven percent approve of Ted Cruz’s response, including 46% of Republicans. Thirty-five percent of Americans approve of Mitt Romney’s response, including 47% of Democrats. Just 23% of Republicans approve of how Mitt Romney responded.

Most Americans describe the people who broke into the Capitol as criminal (59%). Thirty-seven percent of Americans say that lawmakers trying to block certification of the Electoral College votes are fools, followed by 20% who say they are criminals. Republicans are split on their perceptions of those who voted to block certification – 22% say they are patriots, 27% say they are concerned citizens, 24% say they are fools, and 13% say they are criminals. Lawmakers who voted to certify results are described as patriots (32%) and concerned citizens (25%) by Americans. Republicans are also torn on their characterization of the lawmakers who voted to certify the Electoral College votes, with the largest share saying they are concerned citizens (29%), fools (23%) or patriots (20%).

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About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between January 7-8, 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 490 Democrats, 363 Republicans, and 100 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 ± 5.0 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.9 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.2 percentage points for independents.

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs