Former President Donald Trump has seen higher approval among Republican voters, a new poll shows, after he was acquitted in the second unprecedented impeachment trial in the Senate last week.
According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Monday, Feb. 15, Trump’s approval rating among the Republicans is 81%, up from 77% on on Jan. 7 and 74% on Jan. 25.
Politico reported that its poll was conducted in the days following the Senate trial, and despite the Democrats’ impeachment managers’ gripping presentation and video laying out Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 rampage, the GOP remains the undisputed party of Trump.
Among the Republican respondents, 59% said they want Trump to play a major role in their party going forward, an increase of 18 percentage points from a poll conducted on Jan. 7, and up 9 points from a follow-up poll on Jan. 25, before the impeachment trial began.
The latest poll shows that the former president remains the overwhelming GOP favorite for next three years though the 2024 primary is still far off.
Fifty-three percent of Republican respondents said they would vote for Trump if the 2024 primary were held today.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll came two days after the Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday to acquit Trump—now a private citizen—on a charge of inciting the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. Though 57 senators voted to convict including seven Republicans, making it the most bipartisan conviction vote in the U.S. history.
Despite Trump’s solid support from the Republicans, a majority of Americans (64%) still said he was at least partly responsible for the Capitol riot, according to the left-leaning pollster.