Those who voted for Trump in the elections believe the GOP should be "more loyal to Trump."
He was impeached twice. He was defeated in the 2020 elections. And he was accused of inciting violence that triggered the Capitol riot. Yet, Donald Trump still enjoys a loyal fan base who will continue defending him the face of hard-hitting facts.
If it came down to choosing between the Grand Old Party and a party with Trump as the frontrunner, nearly half of the supporters would abandon ship and stand behind Trump's new party if he decided to create one.
A Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll conducted a survey and found that 46 percent of those who participated in the poll would ditch GOP for a Trump-led party while 27 percent said they would continue supporting the Republican party. As for the rest of the participants, they were reportedly undecided on who they would side with, according to USA TODAY.
Some 1,000 Trump voters were part of the poll, and half of them said the GOP should be "more loyal to Trump."
In an interview after giving poll answers, a 27-year-old business owner from Milwaukee, Brandon Keidl, said, "We feel like Republicans don't fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day. But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don't ever push back."
When Trump's second impeachment trial took place, seven Republicans voted to convict the former president, according to AP. Although there weren't enough numbers to convict Trump, his supporters will still keep in mind the names of those Republicans who supported his impeachment. The USA TODAY Poll showed that eight in 10 of those surveyed would be less likely to cast their vote for Republican candidates who supported Trump's impeachment.
One of the poll participants, Francis Zovko, 63, a Republican from Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, believes there is no need for Trump to form another party to gain power again. "I think he's just going to, you know, take over the Republican Party, much as he did in 2016," said Jefferson. "They all kind of thought he was a big joke, and by the end, they weren't laughing anymore."
When asked about the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, about 58 percent of Trump voters said it was "mostly an antifa-inspired attack that only involved a few Trump supporters." Although investigations showed no evidence of antifa being involved in the attack, a portion of the poll respondents still believe in the debunked version of what took place during the attack.
Jane Wiles, 76, a retired insurance manager from Treasure Island, Florida, said it is "insane" to hold Trump responsible for the attack. "Was he there? No. Unless he was there leading the pack, he is not responsible," Jane said.
Coming to Joe Biden's presidency, 73 percent of those polled say he became president illegitimately. And as for the 2024 presidential race, 59 percent of Trump voters also revealed that they would want Trump to give a shot at being the country's 47th president.
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