Poll: 75% Of Republicans Want Trump To Play Prominent Role In GOP

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A new Quinnipiac University poll found 75% of Republicans want former President Trump to play a prominent role in the Republican Party.

The poll released Monday, just two days after the Senate voted to acquit the former president, surveyed 1,056 adults, with only 21% of Republican respondents noting their desire for Trump to not play such an outsized role in the party moving forward. The poll was conducted between February 11 and 14, as Trump’s impeachment trial was taking place.

The survey shows Americans overall do not wish for Trump to play a prominent role in the GOP by a margin of 60-34%, with Democrats overwhelmingly at 96-3% and Independents responding at 61-32%.

Eighty-seven percent of Republicans say the former president should be allowed to hold future office, with only 11% dissenting, while a majority of Americans, 55-43%, say he should be barred from holding elected office again. 

“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,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said. (RELATED: Trump Remains The Overwhelming GOP Favorite For 2024, Poll Shows)

A slight majority of respondents, 51-44%, believe that the president should be convicted, with 54% of Americans holding that Trump was responsible for inciting violence on Jan. 6. However, Republicans say Trump did everything he could to stop the storming of the Capitol by a margin of 56-34%, while Democrats at 94-6% and Independents at 70-23% say he did not.    

The poll also queried whether all respondents think the former president truly believed there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election or deliberately spread disinformation, with 42% saying the former and 50% saying the latter. 

The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.