Most California voters think the Senate should convict former President Donald Trump and blame him for the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, but there are deep partisan divisions, with most Republicans opposing the idea — and even hoping he runs again in 2024.
According to the latest poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, 63% of registered voters here want to see Trump convicted and disqualified from holding elective office in the future. But just 11% of Republicans support the idea, compared to 92% of Democrats and 63% of those with no party preference. Two thirds of the state’s voters see Trump as a major factor in last month’s violence in Washington, D.C., topped only by social media, polarization and disinformation about the presidential election.
But just 19% of Republicans agree that the former president is to blame. In fact, two thirds of the state’s Republican voters say they would back Trump if he decided to run for president again, including 49% who say they are strongly inclined to back him. Just one in four say they would not be inclined to back Trump, and 12% are not sure.