According to a survey from Rasmussen Reports, it was additionally found that 42 percent of likely voters decided that the “recent impeachment proceedings against Trump didn’t make much difference in their opinion of the former president.”
Another 29 percent “of all voters said the impeachment made their opinion of Trump worse, while 28 percent said they have a better opinion of Trump after his second impeachment,” the poll revealed.
Rasmussen, which some have characterized as Republican-leaning, was many times cited by Trump throughout his term in office.
The poll’s findings, however, do echo results from other surveys that found that Republicans currently still view Trump quite favorably.
Earlier in the month, a CBS News poll published findings that approximately 70 percent of Republicans would in fact, join or consider joining a new political party if the former commander-in-chief started one. In addition, 46 percent of respondents identified as Republicans said they believe it is “very important” for the party to remain loyal to Trump, with 27 percent saying it is “somewhat important.” Fifteen percent said the Republican loyalty to Trump is “not too important” and 12 percent said it is not important at all.
Meanwhile, another poll, published several days later, revealed that 36 percent of Republicans called Trump the best president ever, while 18 percent called President Ronald Reagan the same, 13 percent called President Abraham Lincoln the best, and 11 percent said the same for President George Washington.
“The change in GOP rankings since 2018, when the last survey was conducted, is striking. In 2018, Republicans ranked Reagan first (36 percent), followed by Trump (10 percent). Now, the positions are reversed, with the percentage of Republicans who name Trump as the best President ever having tripled to 36 percent, twice the number who still choose Ronald Reagan (18 percent),” according to a survey from the Economist/YouGov.
Republicans chose Reagan over Trump 36 percent to 10 percent in 2018, as stated by the poll.
Republicans who turned against Trump during the impeachment trial are facing blowback from their own party. Five of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump have been censured by members of their party.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voted to acquit Trump, received severe criticism from Trump last week. He also suggested that Republicans reject McConnell’s leadership, arguing that the Senate won’t be re-captured by the GOP with the longtime Kentucky senator at the helm.
The Rasmussen poll was conducted between Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, surveying 1,000 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus- or minus-3 percentage points.