A poll in Jan 2020, during his first impeachment, saw 47% of Americans said the Senate should vote to remove Trump from office and 49% said he should not be removed.
Trump's impeachment trial began on 9th February, 2021, making him the only President to be impeached twice. Now, a poll by Ipsos has revealed that a narrow majority of Americans have said that they support the Senate convicting former President Donald Trump and barring him from holding federal office again, according to Good Morning America. This, honestly, is quite a change from a poll from his previous impeachment. At the time, most people had voted against him being removed. In this latest poll, 56% of Americans say Trump should be convicted and barred from holding office again, and 43% say he should not be.
With just one day before Pres. Trump's 2nd impeachment trial begins, both Democrats and the former president’s legal team are busy finalizing their strategies. @rachelvscott has the latest.https://t.co/ugSnW0bEij pic.twitter.com/KKJJfSAElU— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 8, 2021
The previous poll conducted around Jan 2020 saw 47% of Americans said the Senate should vote to remove Trump from office and 49% said he should not be removed. One thing that has to be mentioned is that during Trump's previous impeachment, he was the President of the United States, a position that is now held by Joe Biden. Even though Trump's being impeached, it's not like he can be removed from his position. Thus, most Republicans have claimed that this is unconstitutional because of this, but Democrats believe that he ought to be held responsible.
And remove his ability to run for office in the future. And to hold him accountable for his actions. Trump was in office when they impeached him, but Senate wanted to wait to vote until after Biden was sworn in.— Grace Soriano (@motherofsephy) February 9, 2021
But, failing to hold Trump accountable would signal to future presidents that they can evade punishment for their actions, as long as they come at the end of their term in office. To convict Trump, 67 senator votes are required. This means that 17 Republican senators and every single Democratic senator needs to be on board this idea. If enough senators vote to convict Trump, then the chamber could hold a second vote on whether to bar him from holding federal office again. That time around, only take a simple majority of votes is required for the decision to be made. According to NPR, the Senate vote on Tuesday was 56-44, with six Republicans joining all 50 members of the Democratic caucus, falling short of 11 votes.
For another false impeachment... when will the news cover Obama/Biden spying on the Trump administration? I think we should hear about that every single day, ten times a day for the next ten years. One of the biggest crimes of the times, no?— Mona Colwell🗣🇺🇸🙏❤️ (@ColwellStars) February 8, 2021
As the trials kicked off, Democrats used a 13-minute video based on the Jan 6th Captiol Riots to make a strong point against people who claimed this trial was unconstitutional. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who voted with Democrats, in support of the constitutionality of the trial, didn't think twice before speaking about how disorganized Trump's team was. "President Trump's team was disorganized -- they did everything they could but talk about the question at hand. And when they talked about it, they kind of glided over it, almost as if they were embarrassed of their arguments," he said. "If I'm an impartial juror, and one side is doing a great job and the other side is doing a terrible job ... I'm going to vote for the side that did the good job."