One new poll carries with it some bad news for Democrats — as well as those in the GOP who share an antipathy toward former President Donald Trump.
Despite an impending second impeachment trial against Trump, nearly two-thirds of the Republicans surveyed said they would abandon their party to join a new one started by the 45th president, according to The Hill.
1 in 3 Republicans “very likely” to join
The Hill/Harris X poll comes in the wake of press rumors that Trump had been considering the creation of a third party ahead of a possible re-entry into national politics, though insiders suggest it is unlikely to happen.
Nevertheless, pollsters found exceptionally broad support for a Trump-centered party, with 37% of all voters indicating that they would join. Surprisingly, 15% of Democrats expressed support, as did 28% of independents, The Hill reported.
Among Republican respondents, a clear majority said they would join a Trump party, including 32% who said they were “very likely” to do so.
The results appear to offer a sobering assessment of public sentiment for those who had hoped to see Trump’s political career forever dashed not only by his defeat in November’s election but through the backlash caused by last month’s deadly riot on Capitol Hill.
Democrats and a handful of Republicans have expressed support for a post-presidential impeachment, in large part because it would prevent Trump from running for federal office in the future.
“We will be back in some form”
Instead of seeking a third-party bid, however, Trump is said to be focused on solidifying his influence within the GOP, eyeing a route of political revenge against those in the Republican Party who backed the impeachment effort.
The latest poll results bolster the evidence that Trump has developed a wide and largely independent constituency that could inflict potentially serious damage to the Republican Party establishment.
“These numbers show that despite the Capitol riots Trump remains a political force to be reckoned with,” said Harris X CEO Dritan Nesho.
The pollster went on to assert that Trump “benefits from a diverse base of support making up over a third of voters, voters who are attracted to him on a number of issues that are yet to be properly addressed by, and co-opted by, Democratic and Republican elites.”
For his part, Trump has remained coy in discussing his political future, telling a crowd in his farewell address last month that his movement “will be back in some form,” according to Business Insider.