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Poll pain: US President Donald Trump’s support has slumped even among Republicans. Photo: Reuters

Poll pain: US President Donald Trump’s support has slumped even among Republicans. Photo: Reuters

Poll pain: US President Donald Trump’s support has slumped even among Republicans. Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump will leave office with his approval rating at an all-time low, according to a new poll.

The storming of Capitol Hill and his refusal to accept that Joe Biden won the election has caused considerable damage to the US president’s reputation, a poll by Pew Research has found.

His approval rating has slumped to 29pc – a fall of nine points since last August. Ominously for Mr Trump, who is said to be planning to run for the White House in 2024, his rating among Republicans has plummeted even more spectacularly.

According to the poll, which was taken on Friday, only 60pc of Republicans approve of his job performance – a 17-point drop.

The disenchantment among rank-and-file Republicans is mirrored in Washington with a rift widening between Trump loyalists, who are especially strong in the House of Representatives, and mainstream members of the party.

It was a gulf which was laid bare when Congress met to confirm the results of the election.

In the lower house, the overwhelming majority of Republicans voted to oppose the ratification of the result. In the Senate, only a handful, led by former presidential candidate Ted Cruz, did so.

Mr Trump is now likely to complete his term in the White House with Mike Pence, the vice-president, refusing to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, and an impeachment hearing due to begin after Mr Biden takes office.

The polarisation of the moderate and insurgent conservative wings of the Republican party has been widened by the election to the lower house of supporters of the QAnon movement which believes in a raft of conspiracy theories.

Over the weekend, Nebraska senator Ben Sasse launched a withering attack on QAnon in an op-ed in The Atlantic, accusing it of destroying the party from within.

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In the short term, the rift is most likely to manifest itself when the Senate considers whether to impeach Mr Trump for a second time.

With the exception of former presidential candidate and Utah senator Mitt Romney, the Republican ranks previously held firm and refused to convict Mr Trump. More are expected to break rank this time, with Mr Romney likely to be joined by several others, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate is reportedly undecided on whether to back impeachment.

South Carolina senator and presidential ally Lindsey Graham said he resolutely opposes impeachment, which, if passed, would prevent Mr Trump from running for office in the future.

“The Senate should vote to dismiss the article of impeachment once it is received in the Senate. We will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great nation if we do otherwise,” he said.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]


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