New data from a CBS News/YouGov survey shows that 81% of Democrats think states should remove Trump’s name off presidential ballots.
Conversely, 90% of Republicans think states should be able to continue to include Trump’s name on their ballots.
Among independents, opinions are more evenly divided: 44% think states should remove Trump’s name off ballots, while 56% think states should keep Trump’s name on ballots.
It is argued that Trump’s behavior during the 2020 election violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, prohibiting persons who have “engaged in insurrection” from seeking federal office. As a result, both Maine and Colorado have disqualified Trump from their primary ballots.
Trump has not been convicted of insurrection.
A Democrat named Shenna Bellows decided last month that Trump cannot be placed on the Maine ballot due to three legal challenges to the former president.
For 34 pages, Bellows drew a sorrowful and unusual verdict about January 6, 2021. She said the rioters violated the rule of law in addition to targeting government personnel and the Capitol. She stated that the departing president knew about them and gave his OK for them to happen, despite Trump’s directive that people protest peacefully. Trump also made a video announcement telling people to go home.
Bellows said an attack on the very fabric of our government is intolerable, and she must respond following the letter of the law in the state of Maine. A correct response would be to bar any actual rioters from running for president if they were convicted of insurrection.
The presence of Trump on the ballot is being challenged in thirteen states, including Texas, Nevada, and Wisconsin.
Trump was removed from the Colorado ballot by the state’s highest court, and the United States Supreme Court has now decided to review the case. On February 8, the Court will hear the case’s oral arguments.
Democracy is also seen as vulnerable by 70% of respondents, with just 30% holding this view.
There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points in the survey, conducted between January 3 and 5 among 2,157 individuals in the US.