New Poll Shows A Majority Supports Trump Impeachment Inquiry
As news continues to unravel about U.S. President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as the subsequent announcement by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that an impeachment inquiry would commence, Americans appear to be in favor of action being brought about to determine whether Trump’s removal is warranted.
A poll released Thursday morning conducted by SurveyMonkey demonstrates a plurality of Americans support impeaching the president. Forty-five percent said they’d favor efforts aimed at removing Trump from office, while 30 percent said they opposed the idea. Another 25 percent said they had no opinion, or didn’t know how they felt about the matter, Business Insider reported.
While support for impeachment hasn’t yet reached a majority threshold, Americans are supportive of efforts by Democratic lawmakers to see if impeachment should happen. Only 33 percent of respondents in the poll are against the impeachment inquiry announced by Pelosi this week, while 53 percent are in favor of them.
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This range of support comes as most Americans aren’t even aware (or are only minimally aware) of the details reported these past two weeks, regarding a whistleblower attempting to brief Congress about a phone call in which Trump appeared to request help from Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden, who is running for president to replace the incumbent in 2020. Only 33 percent of respondents said they were “extremely” or “very” familiar with the Ukraine-White House scandal.
The poll was conducted before the release of the actual whistleblower’s complaint about the president to Congress Thursday morning.
A YouGov poll also released on Thursday seemed to confirm the SurveyMonkey poll’s findings. When asked, “If President Donald Trump suspended military aid to Ukraine in order to incentivize the country’s officials to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, would you support or oppose impeachment?” 55 percent said they strongly or somewhat supported impeachment, while 26 percent said they strongly or somewhat opposed the idea.
For comparison purposes, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton received much lower marks from the general public. In a poll that was taken two months after impeachment proceedings were announced in 1998, only a third of Americans reportedly supported the motion, per a report from CNN in 1999.