A recent poll published by Ipsos shows that Former President Donald Trump continues to enjoy strong support among his GOP base, with 55 percent of Republicans believing that his loss to Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the November 2020 presidential election had resulted from rigged voting.
An overwhelming majority of Republicans – 81 percent – still view Trump favorably, with six in 10 believing he should run for president again in 2024.
Also, approximately half of the GOP members polled by between 30-31 March 2021 agree with Trump’s perception of the riot on January 6, which culminated with the storming of the US Capitol building.
Among the sample of 1,005 Americans aged 18+, including 451 Democrats, 379 Republicans, and 119 independents interviewed online in English, 35 percent of Republicans believe the siege was “largely a non-violent protest” or carried out by left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad”.
While Donald Trump is seen as responsible for the events on January 6 at the Capitol by an overall 59 percent of respondents, only three in 10 Republicans blame Trump for the attack. While 80 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents do not consider the Capitol mayhem as having been nonviolent.