On the eve of Facebook's board's decision on whether to permanently ban twice-impeached former President Donald Trump's account, Americans appear to be split on whether it would be right or wrong to do so.
That's the finding of a Pew Research Center survey fielded April 12-18, which also shows a pronounced politically partisan divide.
Overall, 50% of American adults said they believe it is wrong for social media to permanently ban the former president for his role inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection, although 88% of self-identified Republicans said they believe it would be wrong.
Overall, 49% of American adults said they believe he should be permanently banned, a percentage that rises to 81% among self-identified Democrats.
One percent of respondents did not answer.
The findings are far more divided than a similar survey that Pew fielded January 19-24, closer to the Capitol insurrection, which found that 58% of Americans believed it was right and 41% felt it was wrong to ban his account from social media.