While the majority of Americans have heard about former President Donald Trump’s Facebook suspension, just over half support the platform’s two-year ban, according to a new POLITICO/ Morning Consult poll released Monday.
71 percent of voters have heard “a lot” or “some” about Trump’s suspension from the social media platform, while 51 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat support Facebook’s move.
The responses were largely divided along partisan lines. While just 15 percent of Republican voters were in favor of the suspension, support for Trump’s temporary ban was high among Democrats at 86 percent.
Independent voters were a mixed bag, with 46 percent supporting the suspension, and 40 percent opposing it.
Facebook announced last week that Trump’s account will be suspended until at least 2023, setting a timeline for his potential return after the company’s oversight board criticized the previous indefinite ban over his posts during the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection. It would possibly allow the former president to return to the platform ahead of a potential 2024 White House run.
“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” Facebook’s vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said in a blog post. Even after the two-year suspension is up, it’s possible that Trump will face further punishment if the company still believes he poses a danger, or breaks the company’s rules.
The suspension will be effective from the date it was issued on Jan. 7, Clegg said.
Trump and his supporters have slammed the two-year ban, accusing the company of censoring the former president.
Trump released a statement on the ruling Friday, repeating his false claims of a “Rigged Presidential Election.” In another statement, he hinted at a potential 2024 White House bid, vowing to never dine privately with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the “[n]ext time I’m in the White House.”
The announcement was also bashed on the left, as critics said the company should have kicked the former president off the platform for good.
Facebook also announced last week that politicians’ posts will no longer be automatically considered newsworthy, meaning they are exempt from the company’s rules for harassment, hate speech and more. It’s still unclear exactly how the newsworthiness exemption will work, though the company plans to disclose when the rule is applied going forward.
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted June 4-7, surveying 1,990 registered voters online. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
In order to obtain a representative sample of registered voters, Morning Consult weighted responses by age, gender, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, region — and, in a change from previous POLITICO/Morning Consult polls, self-reported 2020 presidential vote preference.
Weighting on past voting has become increasingly common among some pollsters, as their industry grapples with its underestimation of Republican candidates in recent elections. But the practice is not without controversy: Research suggests that some poll respondents are more likely to say they voted for the winning candidate in the most recent election, despite voting for the defeated candidate.
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