A majority of Republicans haven’t given up on Donald Trump and still believe the baseless claim that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him, according to a new poll by Reuters/Ipsos.
An astounding 60 percent of Republicans surveyed say the election was not the result of a fair process, and approximately half believe the ex-President’s spin on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
The new poll shows Trump’s continued influence on the GOP, even with a majority of falsehoods about the election and its aftermath not having a significant impact on the party’s overall structure or base of supporters.
Half of Republicans believe the Jan. 6 violent siege was “largely a non-violent protest” or done by left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad,” the poll found. Overall, 59% blame Trump for the attack, and 80% of Democrats and 60% of Independents do not believe the Jan. 6 events were non-violent or staged by the left.
Trump continues to have a strong hold as a leader of the party with 80% of Republicans saying they have a positive view of the former president, and six in 10 saying they would support him to run for president again in 2024.
The poll was conducted among 1,005 U.S. adults between March 30-31 after Trump defended the Capitol rioters during a Fox News interview on March 25 and said they posed “zero threat” and “love our country.”