81% of Democrats Want Trump Banned from Ballot: Poll

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January 8, 2024

Four in five Democrats believe that states should take former president Donald Trump off of their election ballots for his actions relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to a Saturday poll.

Eighty-one percent of Democrats in a poll from CBS News and YouGov said states should remove Trump's name from ballots. By contrast, 44 percent of independents and 10 percent of Republicans said the same. The poll came after Colorado and Maine moved to disqualify Trump from the ballot based on the allegation that he participated in an insurrection.

Eighty-three percent of Democrats described the actions of those who broke into the Capitol as an insurrection, compared with 52 percent of independents and 26 percent of Republicans.

Pollsters also asked whether respondents believed most of those who went into the building were real Trump supporters or pretenders and whether their actions were in line with those of most Trump supporters in the country. Sixty-five percent of Democrats believed that the rioters were Trump supporters and that their actions were "typical of most Trump supporters nationwide." A slim majority, 51 percent, of Republicans said the demonstrators were Trump supporters but that their behavior was not representative of those who voted for the former president. Thirty-seven percent of Republicans believed most people who entered the Capitol were pretending to be Trump supporters.

Significant majorities of both Democrats and Republicans said they disapproved of the Jan. 6 participants' actions—84 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Independents, and 70 percent of Republicans.

The poll queried 2,157 American adults and the margin of error was 2.8 percent.

Its results come weeks after Colorado's Supreme Court and Maine's secretary of state disqualified Trump from their states' ballots. The United States Supreme Court on Friday evening agreed to decide whether states can remove Trump from their ballots, scheduling arguments for Feb. 8.