One poll suggests supporters of President Donald Trump may not be as passionate about preserving his presidency as his opponents are about ending it.
In mid-June, five political scientists surveyed nearly 1,200 American adults whether they believed Trump should be impeached, reports The Washington Post. The sample was selected intentionally to match the population in terms of age, gender, education and race.
While 47 percent believed the president should be impeached, 53 percent opposed it.
Those questioned were then asked what they would do in support of their position, and were specifically given a range of activities to choose from. These include giving $50, protesting and striking, withholding taxes, contacting representatives and voting.
The results revealed people who opposed Trump and sought his impeachment would be far more willing participate in each level of activism.
For example, almost 70 percent would be more likely to call their representatives to demand impeachment while about 45 percent of Trump supporters would reach out.
In an effort to "contribute to ending Donald Trump’s presidency," 90 percent said they would vote against his elected supporters, while only 62 percent of Trump supporters to defend the president.
To some, the poll's conclusions contrast sharply with previous comments made by influential figures that, as televangelist Jim Bakker said, a "civil war" would essentially break out if Trump were impeached, Newsweek reports.
"You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen," Trump’s friend and former adviser Roger Stone agreed in a separate interview with TMZ. "The people will not stand for impeachment. A politician that votes for it would be endangering their own life."
Both Bakker and Stone may still be correct.
The survey's authors noted Trump's supporters would likely feel more passionately in the event impeachment was seen as a real possibility. Right now, it does not appear his presidency is under threat, which may partly explain the poll's results.
At the same time, they add "our data suggest[s] that we are more than a few steps removed from the scenario."
The results have provoked similar debate among citizens.
"Civil war/insurrection seem unlikely to me since average Americans have a lot to lose," wrote one person in Newsweek's comments section. "Violence and unrest would lead to massive economic disruption perhaps even on a global scale. We've made a lot of progress in the aftermath of The Great Recession. Now is not the time to throw it all away."
"Just looking at the comments on Fox News and the comments they generate," added a second. "They are practically calling for open rebellion now and often talk of their guns."