Impeachment by the Numbers: 58% of Americans Think Donald Trump Should Have Been Convicted

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On Saturday, the Senate could not muster enough votes to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol, though 58% of Americans think he should have been found guilty, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll.

Here’s what happened by the numbers:

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  • 11 million: CNN’s estimate of the number of people who watched the impeachment’s opening arguments on Tuesday
  • $1.83 million: The cost to taxpayers that Roll Call assigned to the January 2020 impeachment of President Trump. The cost of the 2021 impeachment was probably similar; most of the people involved are salaried, so they do not receive overtime.
  • 215: Arrests made so far of people who allegedly attacked the Capitol, according to USA Today
  • 57: The number of U.S. senators who found President Trump guilty on Saturday. This was not enough to delivery a guilty verdict, but it was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment to date.

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  • 56: The number of U.S. senators who voted for the constitutionality of President Trump’s impeachment
  • 5: The number of people killed during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol
  • 5: The number of attorneys on President Trump’s legal team who quit before the Senate trial began
  • 4: The total number of impeachments against current or former U.S. presidents. Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were all impeached. Richard Nixon was not impeached; he resigned before the process could be completed.
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