A slew of polls continue to show Americans’ attitudes on impeachment are largely unchanged from where they stood at the start of the impeachment process, with most in support of impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Tuesday morning, is no different. Opinions are mostly split across the country overall, but a plurality, 49 percent, say Trump deserves to be removed from office, with 46 percent saying he shouldn’t be.
If impeachment isn’t possible, a majority, 51 percent, say Trump should at least be censured by Congress for his actions relating to the Ukraine scandal, as well as his obstruction of Congress in the investigation of that controversy.
Regardless of opinions on impeachment, an overwhelming majority believe Trump should not prevent members of his administration from testifying any longer. Only 22 percent say Trump shouldn’t let his aides testify in the Senate trial, while 71 percent say those aides should be heard from.
"Should the House vote to impeach Wednesday, 71% of Americans say Trump should allow his top aides to testify in the expected Senate trial. [Only 22% say he shouldn't.] Notably, 64% of Republicans say so, as do 72% of independents and 79% of Democrats."https://t.co/JBpE9wU3jy
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 17, 2019
While the president continues to rail on Democrats in the House for how he’s been treated, most Americans believe Trump was treated fairly within House impeachment proceedings, with 55 percent saying as much. Broked down along partisan lines, 87 percent Democrats believed he was treated fairly, and 58 percent of independents said as much. The average was skewed by the Republican count, of which only 17 percent said the president was treaded fair.
In recent days, Trump has said he might be benefitting from the impeachment proceedings, believing the process might backfire on Democrats.
“It’s a very sad thing for our country, but it seems to be very good for me politically,” Trump said last week to reporters, according to NBC News. He added:
“The polls have gone through the roof for Trump…especially with independent voters, and especially in swing states. I could show you numbers that nobody has ever seen numbers like this before.”
The ABC News/Washington Post poll says differently. According to the poll, Trump’s approval ratings are down, with only 39 percent giving him positive marks and 53 percent voicing disapproval. Democrats in Congress, meanwhile, are seeing better numbers than Trump, with 44 percent approval rating and 50 percent disapproval.
There have been a mix of polls that show support for impeachment and removal, while some have shown less enthusiasm for such moves by Congress. Yet the ABC News/Washington Post poll seems to be in line with a poll from Fox News that was also recently released, which showed 50 percent of Americans support impeachment and removal, with 49 percent saying they were opposed to him being removed from office.