Majority want Trump removed now: poll

Chris Kahn
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Fifty-seven percent of Americans want US President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office after he encouraged a protest this week that escalated into a deadly riot inside the Capitol, a new poll indicates.

The national Reuters/Ipsos public opinion survey, conducted on Thursday and Friday, also showed that nearly 70 per cent disapproved of Trump's actions in the run-up to Wednesday's assault.

The riot occurred while lawmakers were meeting to certify the election victory of Democrat Joe Biden.

At a rally earlier in the day, Trump had exhorted thousands of his followers to march to the Capitol.

The chaos on Capitol Hill, in which a police officer and four others died, has been widely condemned by both Democrats and Republicans.

Democrats in the US House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump on Monday, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.