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Most Americans Agree: Trump Has Abused The Powers Of His Office

Among the calls for impeachment against President Donald Trump, a grave misuse and abuse of his office for his own political gain seems to be the rallying cry that many Democratic lawmakers in Congress are getting behind.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California), in announcing the start of the impeachment inquiry last month, detailed how Trump’s behavior — including the recently revealed conversation with Ukraine’s president, placing pressure on him to investigate a potential political rival of Trump’s — required Congress to act.

Among national security and election integrity concerns, Pelosi also cited her observations that Trump acted in a way that was a “betrayal of his oath of office.”

In spite of the president trying to insinuate that impeachment is a losing issue for Democrats, polling on the issue seems to indicate the American public may agree with Pelosi’s assessments.

According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll conducted over the weekend, 50 percent of Americans believe that Trump did something wrong during his conversation with the Ukraine president. Only 40 percent believe his phone call etiquette was appropriate.

A plurality of Americans believe Trump has done something illegal while in office — 49 percent said so, while 42 percent believe he hasn’t committed a crime. Nine percent aren’t sure at this time.

But a majority agree that Trump has abused the powers of his office. Fifty-four percent of Americans believe Trump abused his powers, while only 43 percent believe he didn’t.

There was wide partisan divide on that question in particular. Among Democrats, 94 percent believe Trump was misusing his presidential powers, while only 12 percent of Republicans agreed. Among independents, 53 percent felt Trump abused his powers.

Overall, the poll found that 41 percent of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job so far. Fifty-three percent disapproved of the way he’s handled his time in office.



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