A majority of American voters believe the Democrat-led impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump in the Senate in February will divide the United States further, while a minority think it will help unite the country.
According to a Rasmussen survey conducted Jan. 25-26, 50% of Likely U.S. Voters said the Senate should not convict Trump of “high crimes and misdemeanors” in the trial scheduled to start on Feb. 9. Meanwhile, 45% of the voters thought the former president should be convicted.
Responding to the question, “Will the Senate trial on Trump’s impeachment help unite the country or will it cause more division? Or will it not make much difference?” Fifty-seven percent of the voters said it will only serve to divide the country.
Only 19% of the responders said it will help unite the country, while 20% said it will not make much of a difference, and 4% expressed no opinion.
Among Republican voters, 83% said the Senate impeachment trial will make America’s political division worse and 9% said it will unite the nation.
Among the Democratic voters, 35% of the voters said the trial will unite the country, 30% said it will divide the country further, and 31% said it will not make a difference.
The survey that questioned 1,000 likely U.S. voters, also showed that the majority of voters outside of either major party, 61%, believed the trial will divide the United States.
Former President Trump is likely to be acquitted in the trial after nearly all Republican senators did not support a motion questioning the constitutionality of impeaching him.
The Democrats accused Trump of inciting a crowd to attack the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 when Congress met to certify the electoral votes. However, during a speech to his supporters before the riot, Trump did not mentioned a single word about violence, but he even used the words “peaceful” and “respectful.”
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol Building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” Trump said.
“Anyone you want, but I think right here, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated,” the president said.