Majority of Americans open to kicking Trump off state ballots

Majority of Americans open to kicking Trump off state ballots

 Whether by hook or by crook, a majority of Americans—56%—are willing to see Donald Trump kicked off some or all state ballots, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday.

Two state-level rulings in Colorado and Maine have disqualified Trump from the ballot. Feelings about those rulings were more mixed: 49% support the decisions, while 46% oppose them.

But when it comes to the Supreme Court tackling the question of whether Trump can be barred from ballots under the 14th Amendment, 30% said the high court should remove him from all ballots, while 26% said the court should let states decide Trump’s fate. Just 39% said Trump should be kept on the ballot in all states—a remarkably low percentage for a major-party presidential front-runner.

The survey also tested support for the federal and state charges against Trump, as well as House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

At base, 56% support the charges against Trump, while 39%—there’s that number again— oppose the charges. On the Biden impeachment inquiry, just 44% support it, while 51% oppose it.

Bar graph showing 56% support for/39% opposition to Trump's charges, with 41% strongly supporting; also just 51% support/44% opposition to the House GOP's impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, with just 26% strongly favoring the inquiry.

But in terms of “strong” support, 41% strongly support charging Trump, while just 26% strongly support opening an impeachment inquiry into Biden.

That means House Republicans are fixated on devoting a bunch of time and energy during a presidential cycle to a matter that only a quarter of voters feel passionately—and that a 51% majority opposes.

That’s the definition of fringe politics: elevating the desires of about a quarter of the public over those of the majority of Americans.

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