POLL: 41% Of Republicans, 63% Of Voters Think Trump Is Somewhat Or Very Responsible For Capitol Riots

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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A Morning Consult survey released Thursday found that a majority of voters believe President Donald Trump was somewhat or very responsible for the events that led Pro-Trump rioters to storm the Capitol building Wednesday.

The Morning Consult poll, conducted with Politico, surveyed 1,986 registered voters, and found that 63% of respondents believe the president was very or somewhat responsible for the riot. Out of Republican respondents, 41% said the president was very or somewhat responsible for Wednesday’s events, while 85% of Democrat respondents thought so.

The poll was conducted Jan. 6-7 and has a margin of error of 2 points.

Most respondents put the blame on the individuals perpetrating the violence for the riots. Eighty percent said “the people themselves” were to blame for the riots, with 85% of Democrats and 76% of Republicans in agreement, according to the poll.

Out of the voters surveyed, Morning Consult found that 44% believe the president should be impeached over the riots, and 49% believe Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment and declare Trump “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

Pence and Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were the next to be blamed, both receiving the vote of 37% of respondents who say the pair have some responsibility in yesterday’s riots, according to Morning Consult.

Just over a quarter of voters surveyed by Morning Consult said President-elect Joe Biden shared blame in the Capitol riots. Fifteen percent of Democrats and 42% of Republicans said Biden was somewhat or very responsible, according to Morning Consult.

Another poll, conducted by YouGov Direct, found that 45% of Republicans “actively support” the Capitol rioters, and 43% opposed the rioters. A majority of respondents to the YouGov poll also said Trump is “a great deal to blame” for the riots. Half of respondents said Trump should be removed from office.

The YouGov poll also found 56% of respondents believe enough voter fraud was perpetrated to flip the results of the election.