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Three in 10 respondents thought Trump planned to stay in power through legal means, while two in 10 thought he did not plan to stay.
But the poll found that among Republicans, only 13% believed Trump planned to stay by illegal means. Half of Republicans said he was using legal procedures to stay on as president, while more than a third – 37% – said he had no intention of remaining.
Half of Republicans still call the events of January 6 “patriotism” and 70% of Republicans still say President Biden did not legitimately win the 2020 election, the poll found.
The poll was conducted following public hearings held by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing its own investigation.
Forty-six percent said they thought the House panel should recommend the DOJ charge Trump with crimes, while 31% said the committee should recommend that Trump not be indicted. Twenty-three percent said the panel should not make a recommendation one way or the other.
The poll found that these views were split along partisan lines. Eight in 10 Democrats said they think the committee should recommend criminal charges, compared with 44% of independents and 8% of Republicans.
The question of the referral of criminal charges has become a point of contention among some members of the committee.
Panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said earlier this month that the panel would not issue formal criminal referrals to the DOJ, but Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), La vice-chair of the panel, shortly after saying that the issue of dismissals remains unresolved.
Rep. Another panel member, Zoe Lofgren (D-California), said last week that the DOJ must make its own decision.
Meanwhile, more democrats look aside are calling on the committee to make a criminal referral for Trump.
The poll found that Americans were evenly split on whether they thought charging Trump with crimes for Jan. 6 would help strengthen democracy in the United States.
Thirty-nine percent said clearing Trump of wrongdoing for the events of that day would help strengthen the country’s democracy.
The poll was conducted between June 22 and June 24 through interviews with 2,265 adult US residents. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
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