U.S. House of Representative impeachment managers are pulling out all the stops this week in an attempt to convince senators from both parties that former President Donald Trump is guilty of inciting a deadly riot on Capitol Hill last month.
According to a recent poll, however, a clear majority of respondents believe the effort will ultimately fail to secure a conviction.
Just 5% of respondents are unsure
As Breitbart reported, the Rasmussen Reports survey conducted just prior to the start of the impeachment trial earlier this week signaled bad news for anti-Trump politicos by revealing that 64% of those polled indicated that they do not believe the Senate will vote to convict Trump.
At this point, a Senate conviction would do little aside from paving the way for an effort to prevent the former president from launching a future bid for federal elected office.
Even that seems all but impossible, given the fact that 17 Senate Republicans would have to vote with all Democrats in the chamber for the effort to succeed.
Out of 1,000 respondents, nearly two in three Americans do not expect a conviction. Some 28% said that it is “not very likely” and 36% responded that it is “not at all likely.”
On the other hand, a relatively paltry 11% said that a conviction is “very likely” with another 20% saying that it is “somewhat likely.” Just 5% of those polled were unsure.
“Making a mockery of Congress”
As might be expected, a greater number of Republicans than Democrats believed that the Democratic-led effort is unlikely. More than half of the Democrats surveyed, however, were also skeptical.
A number of high-profile elected officials also feel the same way, with many of them publicly voicing their opposition to the prospect of holding a trial in the first place.
One such lawmaker is U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), who criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for initiating the impeachment process.
“As a response to her view that Donald Trump demeaned the Office of the President, the House Speaker is now making a mockery of Congress and one of the most serious institutions in our country,” he said, further describing the effort as “disgusting.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) led his party’s charge against the Democratic pursuit, writing in a recent op-ed: “But where is the other side? Where were they all last year when political violence ravaged our cities, when people could barely dine or walk the streets in many places? When businesses burned and people were injured or killed by mobs?”