(PatriotWise.com)- Following his acquittal after the Senate impeachment trial, former President Donald Trump remains a huge force in the Republican Party.
A new poll from Quinnipiac University reveals how most Republicans want to see the former president maintain his position as leader of the party and continue to play a big role in the GOP and the formation of its platform ahead of the 2022 midterm elections and 2024 presidential election.
The poll, which was conducted between Thursday and Sunday last week, concluded that Democrats’ efforts to smear the former president haven’t worked. A tiny proportion of the Republican Party, roughly one-fifth, revealed that they do not want the former president to play a dominant role in shaping the party’s agenda.
Some 87% of Republican respondents said that the former president should be allowed to be elected into high office again – something the Democrats attempted to stop through the last impeachment trial. Some 55% of respondents, which included Democrats, however, said the former president should be barred from holding elected office again.
It signifies that the president remains a divisive figure, after years of smears from the left-wing press and the Democrats, but also reveals how strongly Republicans believe in his Make America Great Again Agenda.
Tim Malloy, a polling analyst from Quinnipiac, described how Trump has maintained his support within the Republican Party despite efforts by Democrats to sew division.
“He may be down, but he is certainly not out of favor with the GOP,” Malloy said. “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.”
Another poll from Morning Consult and Politico, which was conducted on Sunday, the day after the former president was acquitted for a second time, revealed that six in 10 Republicans want Trump to play a large role in the party. Some eight in 10 Republicans held a favorable opinion about the former president, showing just how out of touch the Democrats are with the general opinion about the former president across America.
Following his impeachment, former President Trump released a statement through his PAC attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his refusal to work on a $2,000 COVID relief check plan before the November election.
Trump went as far as calling him a “Dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack.”
It was the clearest indication yet that the former president remains very much politically active and doesn’t plan on going away any time soon.