Impeachment poll: Majority of Americans want Trump removed before his term ends

A large majority blame Trump for the Capitol riots.
A large majority blame Trump for the Capitol riots. Photo credit: Getty

After a turbulent week of violent riots at the US Capitol, most Americans believe President Donald Trump should be removed from office before his term ends.

A poll published by ABC News/Ipsos on Monday (local time) found that 56 percent of respondents say Trump should be removed before Inauguration Day - 43 percent believe he should not be removed.

Most of them were Democrats, with 94 percent in support of removal compared to just 13 percent of Republicans.

The poll, conducted Friday and Saturday, also showed that nearly 60 percent of independents believe Trump should be removed.

The large number of Americans calling for Trump's removal comes as House Democrats plan to introduce formal articles of impeachment on Monday (US time).

Among those who believe Trump should not be removed immediately, almost half (45 percent) say his actions last week were wrong.

A large majority (67 percent) blame Trump for the Capitol riots that occurred last Wednesday, where five people died and dozens were arrested, with investigations ongoing.

The riots have been widely condemned by both Democrats and Republicans, with Trump's own allies calling for him to resign.

Many Capitol rioters came straight from Trump's 'Save America Rally' held in DC on Wednesday, where Trump urged supporters to march to the Capitol as Electoral College votes were being certified.

"We're going to walk down to the Capitol," Trump said at the rally, according to USA Today. "If you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore."

The poll surveyed 570 different adults, with a margin of error of 4.7 percent.