Most Republicans want to see Trump play big role in GOP going forward: polls

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Three out of four Republicans want to see former President Trump play a big role in the GOP going forward.

That’s the headline from a new Quinnipiac University national poll conducted Thursday through Sunday, during and after the acquittal of Trump in his Senate impeachment trial. Only a fifth of Republicans questioned in the survey said they don’t want the former president to continue to play a dominate role in the party he reshaped and ruled over during his stormy four years in the White House.

According to the poll, 87% of Republicans said that Trump should be allowed to hold elected office again. That stands in contrast to the 55% of all respondents in the survey who said the former president should be barred from holding elective office in the future.

“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 highlighted.

The Quinnipiac University poll questioned 1,056 adults, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. 

The former president was acquitted of one count of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by right wing extremists and other Trump supporters aiming to disrupt congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Seven GOP senators joined all 50 Democrats in the Senate in voting to convict Trump on Saturday. While there was bipartisan support to convict the former president, the tally was 10 votes shy of the 67 needed to convict Trump.

A Politico/Morning Consult survey conducted on Sunday, the day after the trial, indicated that six out of 10 Republicans said they want Trump to play a major role in the GOP going forward, with eight out of 10 Republicans said they hold a favorable opinion of the former president.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The release of the polls come as the former president vows to remain dominant figure in the GOP and pledges to support primary challengers against Republicans who have crossed him who are up for reelection in 2022. And it comes as he’s also flirting with a presidential run in 2024 to try to return to the White House. The Politico/Morning Consult survey indicated that right now, Trump remains far ahead of the rest of the field of potential 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls.

After his acquittal in his impeachment trial on Saturday, Trump touted in a statement that “our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people.”

The former president teased that “we have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”

But there are some leaders in the GOP who seek a different future for the party.

Hours earlier, top Trump aide Dan Scavino tweeted a video of a large gathering of supporters of the former president cheering Trump on as he passed by in limousine as he returned to his residence in Mar-a-Lago in South Florida after a golf outing.

A veteran political analyst sees a delicate dance to come for Republicans.

“The challenge the GOP has is to move away from Trump without alienating his supporters,” Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said Monday on “Special Report.”


“I think most Republican politicians, at least many of them, have concluded that they cannot win a national election with Trump,” Hume argued. “He lost the last one and then he damaged his reputation terribly with his conduct after the election. So he’s damaged but he retains a significant following within the party. What they’re trying to do, I think, is try to hang on to his voters without hanging on to him. That isn’t easy to do.”

And longtime conservative commentator George Will penned an opinion piece in the Washington Post titled “Now begins McConnell’s project to shrink Trump’s GOP influence.”

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