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Poll Says: Americans Support Impeaching Trump

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A plurality of Americans supports impeaching Trump over Ukraine allegations and removing him from office, actually, Americans by a 45%-38% plurality now support a vote by the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump.

By a similar margin, 44%-35%, those surveyed say the Senate, which would then be charged with holding a hearing of the president, should convict Trump and remove him from office.

The survey of 1,006 adults, taken Tuesday and Wednesday, underscores the perilous position the president finds himself in as House committees subpoena documents and prepare to hear testimony into accusations that he pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate a political rival, then tried to hide the account of their phone conversation.

Trump, who has published a rough transcript of his July 25 call with the president of Ukraine, says the conversation was “perfect” and that there was no wrongdoing. On Tuesday, he lashed out during a White House news conference, referring to the inquiry as a “hoax.” 

Americans have long been wary of impeachment. months before the formal impeachment inquiry was launched last week — found opponents outweighing supporters by nearly 2 to 1, 61%-32%.

But several national surveys have shown attitudes significantly shifting in the past 10 days since the latest allegations emerged about Ukraine and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry.

“Our latest USA TODAY/Ipsos poll shows that public support for impeachment continues to build with a plurality — 45% — saying the U.S. House should vote to impeach,” said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos Public Affairs. “Most importantly, an overwhelming majority of Americans say that a president is subject to laws like any citizen. Public opinion might be tolerant, but there are limits.”

from the moment Donald Trump became a national political figure, he has been cloaked in controversy and shadowed by investigations. Now Trump is facing a high-velocity threat like none that has come before.

A majority of Americans are knowledgeable about some of the particulars of the impeachment process: 56% know that impeachment begins in the House; 55% know that an impeachment vote in itself doesn’t remove a president from office; 62% know that a two-thirds majority in the Senate would be needed to do that.

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However, most Americans don’t realize that would be an unprecedented step. Fifty-one percent of Americans support impeaching Trump to removed from office by impeachment in the past. While two presidents have been impeached by the House, neither Andrew Johnson nor Bill Clinton was convicted by the Senate. A third president, Richard Nixon, resigned in the face of near-certain impeachment and conviction.

Few Americans, just 3%, predict that Trump will voluntarily resign before the end of his first term; 15% expect him to be removed through impeachment. One-third of those surveyed, 33%, announces he will remain to serve out his first term as president. Another 29% predict that he will not only do that but also win a second term.  

The online poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. 

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