Poll: Overwhelming majority of Americans don't think Trump's term should be extended by 2 years
An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the idea of President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE’s first term in the White House being extended by two years, according to a new survey.
A new poll from The University of Virginia Center for Politics conducted by Ipsos found 77 percent of respondents don’t think Trump should get an extra two years in office and do not think the 2020 election should be delayed.
Trump recently retweeted evangelical leader and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who suggested Trump’s first term should be extended due to “time stolen by this corrupt failed coup,” referring to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s 22-month investigation into Russia's election interference.
White House officials reportedly said Trump's retweet suggesting he should be given an additional two years in office was meant as a joke.
Trump followed up his retweet of Falwell with a tweet of his own saying "they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back."
Despite the tremendous success that I have had as President, including perhaps the greatest ECONOMY and most successful first two years of any President in history, they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
The new poll found there was a slight split in views among Republican and Democrat respondents.
Respondents who identified as Republicans said they don’t think Trump’s first term should be extended by a 62 percent to 31 percent margin. Only 9 percent of respondents who identified as Democrats said Trump’s term should be extended by two years.
Nearly 90 percent of respondents said the “peaceful handover of power after elections” and “both parties respecting the results of elections” are essential to the “healthy functioning of American democracy.”
Less than 10 percent of respondents said Trump would ignore the results of the 2020 contest and stay in office if he loses.
The online survey of 1,005 adults from across America was conducted between May 14-15. It reports an adjusted confidence interval of plus or minus 5 percentage points.