Comey: Americans 'would be let off the hook' if Trump removed from office
Former FBI Director James Comey advised against impeaching President Trump as support for it grows in the Democratic-controlled House. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.“He definitely engaged in conduct that is laid out in the Mueller report that is deeply concerning, instances of obstruction of justice. But really, Congress should figure out whether that would trigger impeachment. As a citizen, I kind of hope not because I think the American people would be let off the hook if Donald Trump were impeached and removed from office.
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.
Poll: Majority of Americans against Trump Impeachment
Most Americans are against removing President Trump from office, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. © Yuri Gripas/Reuters President Donald Trump listens to reporters in Washington, D.C., August 30, 2019. The poll was conducted from September 19 to 23, before the Wednesday release of the transcript of a phone conversation between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. During this period, Trump faced growing outrage over accusations he improperly pressured Zelensky to conduct investigations that would damage presidential candidate Joe Biden.
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.
Support for impeachment jumps in new poll
Among Democratic voters, support for impeachment proceedings has increased 13 points.The poll, which began after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her support for impeachment proceedings on Tuesday, shows 43 percent of voters think Congress should begin the process of impeachment, while an equal number of poll respondents say Congress shouldn’t begin impeachment proceedings. Another 13 percent of voters are undecided.
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.
Trump lashes out over Fox News poll that shows majority support his impeachment .
"Whoever their Pollster is, they suck," Trump tweeted.The poll came after House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry into the president over his call to have his Ukrainian counterpart investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a top political rival.