Poll: 50 percent support convicting Trump in impeachment trial

“The impeachment question is framed by two distinctly different versions of history, and it provides as vivid an example of the Republican-Democratic divide as you can find,” Quinnipiac University poll analyst Tim Malloy said in a statement released with the results.

These results are similar to a separate Monmouth University poll published a few weeks ago that found that most Americans believe Trump should be tried and convicted.

The new Quinnipiac University poll also found that most respondents (59 percent) don’t believe there was widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 election, although nearly three-quarters of Republicans polled believe there was widespread fraud.

All participants agreed on some questions. Most respondents (75 percent) said they were either somewhat or very concerned about extremist violence in the United States. Almost the same number (74 percent) believe that social media platforms should be held responsible for spreading disinformation. About 70 percent of respondents said that US democracy is currently under threat.

Most respondents do not believe that the partisan differences could improve. About 4 in 10 Americans expect partisan divisions to get worse, while about a third say they didn’t expect partisan divisions to change much. Only 20 percent believe that the partisan divisions will improve.

About 70 percent of respondents said they did not restrict social interactions because of different political beliefs. Democrats were more likely than Independents or Republicans to say they reduced interactions based on political beliefs.

The survey comprised 1,075 participants who were interviewed from January 28 to February 1 with an error rate of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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