A hypothetical "Patriot Party" led by former President Donald Trump would win the support of almost a quarter -- 23% -- of the electorate, bumping the GOP down to third place with just 17%, according to a new Just the News poll with Scott Rasmussen.
The startling survey result comes amid reports that Senate Republican support for convicting Trump in an impeachment trial is fast eroding.
A Trump third party could provoke a pivotal realignment in American politics. With the support of 46% of registered voters in the new poll, Democrats would reap the benefits of a fractured opposition and entrench themselves as the nation's dominant party -- even without majority support.
Among "very conservative" voters -- who make up a disproportionately large bloc within the Republican primary electorate -- a Trump Patriot Party crushes the GOP 55%-24%.AND THEN THERE'S THIS: