59% of Republican voters said they wanted the former President to play a ‘prominent role’ in the party

The results of a new Politico-Morning Consult poll show overwhelming support for Donald Trump among Republican voters, although tens of thousands left the party in the wake of the Capitol riots on January 6th.

It comes just three days after the former President was acquitted on charges of inciting insurrection at his second impeachment trial.

54% of Republicans would back Trump in a hypothetical future Primary

Mr Trump narrowly avoided impeachment after a 57-43 Senate vote to convict – with seven Republican defections but 10 votes short of the majority needed.

The result means that the former President will be able to stand for election in 2024.

Pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Supporters gathered to protest the ratification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Dr Mark Margaretten, Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Bedfordshire, explains why the party needs Trump, and suggests an alternative way of viewing the verdict.

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