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Politics 70% of Americans say Trump’s actions tied to Ukraine were wrong: POLL

13:40  18 november  2019
13:40  18 november  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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An overwhelming 70 % of Americans think President Donald Trump ’ s request to a foreign leader to investigate his political rival, which sits at the heart of the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry, was wrong , a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.

Nearly 2 in 3 Americans believe President Donald Trump encouraging a foreign leader to investigate his political rival and his family is a very serious problem. Still, Trump ' s actions during the phone conversation were not surprising to a large majority of Americans .

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A slim majority of Americans, 51%, believe Trump’s actions were both wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office. But only 21% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely.

In addition to the 51%, another 19% think that Trump's actions were wrong, but that he should either be impeached by the House but not removed from office, or be neither impeached by the House nor convicted by the Senate. The survey also finds that 1 in 4 Americans, 25%, think that Trump did nothing wrong.

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe President Donald Trump ' s encouragement of a foreign leader to investigate Trump ' s political rival and his family is a serious problem, but only 17% said they were surprised by the president' s actions , according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll . The poll .

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Still, nearly 1 in 3, 32%, say they made up their minds about impeaching the president before the news broke about Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The poll conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News, using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, asked Americans how closely they were following the first week of public impeachment hearings in the House, their assessments of Trump’s actions and whether those actions warranted impeachment and removal from office. The survey also asked Americans when they decided on the matter.

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House Democrats are investigating whether the administration withheld nearly $400 million in aid and promised a White House summit between the two leaders in exchange for an investigation into the president’s political rival, Biden, and his son, for his place on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

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Overall, 58% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely or somewhat closely (21% and 37%, respectively), and 21% say they made up their minds about impeachment after the first week of public hearings. Among those who said this, 60% think that Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

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Nearly 2 in 3 Americans believe President Donald Trump encouraging a foreign leader to investigate his political rival and his family is a Still, Trump ' s actions during the phone conversation were not surprising to a large majority of Americans . Only 3% of Americans said they were very surprised.

Of those following the House impeachment hearings very closely, 67% think Trump’s actions were wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office.

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Still, Trump ' s actions during the phone conversation were not surprising to a large majority of Americans . A majority of Americans say President Trump ’ s actions regarding Ukraine are a serious matter and merit an impeachment inquiry by Mr. Trump says he has done nothing wrong .

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Among Democrats, 41% say they made up their minds about impeachment before Trump’s actions related to Ukraine became public. And 41% of those who support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office say they made up their minds before the matter came to light.

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The unfolding political drama between congressional Democrats and the White House reveals a polarized populace, with Democrats more united in their belief that Trump should be impeached and convicted than Republicans are in their belief that the president has committed no wrongdoing: 85% and 65%, respectively.

This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs‘ KnowledgePanel® November 16-17, 2019, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 506 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4.8 points, including the design effect. See the poll’s topline results and details on the methodology here.

ABC News' Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.

None of Sondland's words will sway Republicans .
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