Politics Support for Trump impeachment, removal grows by 10 points in a week: poll
Live updates: Trump says he would cooperate if Democrats ‘give us our rights’; Biden makes most direct demand for impeachment
A day after the White House announced that it would not cooperate with the inquiry into the Ukraine scandal, Democrats vowed to work to hold the president accountable.“President Trump has indicted himself by obstructing justice, refusing to comply with a congressional inquiry … he’s already convicted himself,” Biden said during a fiery address in New Hampshire.
A survey fromfound respondents evenly split, 47 percent to 47 percent, on whether they support impeaching President Trump and removing him from office, a 10-point swing in favor of impeachment over a five-day period.
The polling firm previously found voters opposed to impeachment and removal, 57 percent to 37 percent, in a poll released Sept. 25. The shift is largely driven by increased support of impeachment among Democrats, who support it 90 percent to 5 percent in the newest poll, up from 73 percent to 21 percent last week.
Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, poll finds
Americans by a 45%-38% plurality now support a vote by the House of Representatives to impeach President Trump, a USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds.By a similar margin, 44%-35%, those surveyed say the Senate, which would then be charged with holding a trial of the president, should convict Trump and remove him from office.
Support for impeachment and removal also increased among independents, from 34 percent (with 58 percent opposed) to 42 percent with just 50 percent opposed. Republican support was largely unchanged, with respondents 95 percent to 4 percent opposed last week and 92 percent to 7 percent opposed this week.
A majority of voters, 52 percent, said they specifically support the impeachment inquiry announced last week by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), with independents supporting it 50 percent to 45 percent.
Fifty-six percent of respondents said they think Trump believes he is above the law, compared to 42 percent who do not, while 54 percent agreed that Trump abuses the powers of his office versus 43 percent who disagreed.
Undeterred by White House Threat, Democrats Push Impeachment Inquiry Ahead
House Democrats prepared on Wednesday to force the Trump administration anew to answer questions in their impeachment investigation, one day after President Trump and the White House declared that they would defy Congress in one of the most extraordinary assertions of executive authority in modern times. House chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry planned to issue additional subpoenas for witness testimony and records related to Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine as soon as Thursday, lawmakers and aides said, after a pause for the Jewish High Holy Days.
On the specific topic of the impeachment inquiry, Trump's interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, 50 percent of respondents said Trump has done something wrong, compared to 40 percent who said he has not. On this question, the number is higher than average among independents, who said 52 percent to 41 percent that he has.
Eighty-seven percent of those who believe Trump has done something wrong believe that he has done something seriously wrong.
"Despite the fact that the impeachment inquiry is just getting underway, half of American voters already believe that President Trump has done something wrong when it comes to his interactions with Ukraine's leader. Of that group, there's a virtually unanimous view he did something seriously wrong," Quinnipiac University Polling analyst Mary Snow said.
The poll is the latest of several to showsince the inquiry was announced. It was conducted among 1,115 self-identified registered voters using landlines and cell phones. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.
Democrats in districts Trump won in 2016 face little impeachment backlash so far .
At three town hall meetings in districts that voted for Donald Trump in 2016, backlash to the impeachment inquiry was rare.When his time came to speak he didn’t hold back. “I can’t quite say you represent me,” he told Delgado in a packed room of about 100 people, citing the impeachment inquiry that both Delgado and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., formally supported last week. “I would like you to identify tonight the exact crimes that you think have been committed, the crime that caused you to (support) impeachment.
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