A majority of Americans favor convicting former President Trump in his second impeachment trial this week, according to a CBS-YouGov poll released Tuesday.
The survey found 56 percent favor the former president’s conviction, the same percentage who said they supported it in an ABC News-Ipsos poll released Sunday.
The same percentage of respondents in the CBS poll also believed the president encouraged the violence by pro-Trump rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. This included 88 percent of Democrats, 21 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of independents. In January, Trump’s second impeachment, a historic first, charged him with inciting an insurrection against the United States. Conviction would permanently bar Trump, rumored to be mulling a 2024 bid, from public office.
To secure the necessary two-thirds majority to convict Trump, 17 Republicans would need to back it, an outcome considered unlikely.
The poll results indicate the Republican base continues to back the former president and would take umbrage at GOP senators voting for conviction, with 71 percent saying they would view a vote for impeachment or conviction as an act of disloyalty.