A new poll conducted by YouGov America found that 54% of Americans — and even 24% of Republicans — approved of the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to kick former President Donald Trump off of its 2024 presidential primary ballot.
The court released its opinion holding that Trump was ineligible to reprise his role as president because of the 14th Amendment’s clause barring insurrectionists from holding office on Tuesday evening, concluding that the evidence brought to it “established that President Trump engaged in insurrection” by attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
While some anti-Trump stalwarts have praised the decision, many have criticized it as an attack on democracy and act of political gamesmanship. But early polling shows that a majority of Americans support the opinion. According to the YouGov survey of 3,492 respondents, 54% of the country approve of the Court’s conclusion and 38% strongly approve of it. A combined 35%, meanwhile, either strongly or somewhat disapprove of it.
% who approve / disapprove of the Colorado Supreme Court ruling
U.S. adults: 54% / 35%
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) December 20, 2023
Predictably, the vast majority of Democrats (84%) support Trump’s removal from the ballot. But so does a plurality of independents (48%), and even a decent proportion of Republicans (24%).
The precise wording of the question posed to participants is as follows:
Do you approve or disapprove of the Colorado Supreme Court ruling that Donald Trump can’t appear on the state’s 2024 Republican presidential primary ballot because his actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 takeover of the Capitol amount to insurrection or rebellion against the United States?
The question is now poised to go to the United States Supreme Court, which will need to quickly rule on the issue. Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley has predicted that the decision will be overturned and even expressed hope that all nine justices might vote in lockstep, while former federal judge Michael Luttig has argued that the Coloradan jurists came to the correct decision.
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