While most Americans dismiss the possibility, a significant chunk of Republicans believe the conspiracy theory buoyed by some of Donald Trump’s allies (and reportedly believed by the former president himself) that he’ll be back in the White House by the end of the year, a poll published Wednesday suggests.
A decisive majority (72%) across the political spectrum deemed it “not very likely” or “not likely at all” Trump will have his old job by the end of the year.
However, self-identified Republicans were less quick to dismiss the conspiracy theory.
While 61% of GOP respondents labeled Trump’s return unlikely, some 29% said they believe he will be made president again.
This compares to 84% of the Democrats surveyed who said Trump won’t be reinstated and 13% who said he will be.
All in all, 19% of the people surveyed for the poll said it was either “somewhat likely” or “very likely” Trump will be reinstated as president this year.
The conspiracy theory Trump will be reinstated as president, which has become popular among QAnon believers, stems from the false claims still being pushed by some Republicans that the 2020 election was rigged.