American voters are divided over impeaching and removing President Trump from office 47 to 47 percent, but the gap has narrowed dramatically from a survey taken just last week following the release of a whistleblower’s report, a poll out Monday shows.
A Quinnipiac University Poll issued last Wednesday found 57 percent of voters believe Trump should not be impeached and 37 percent saying he should.
The new survey was conducted Sept. 27 to Sept. 29 after the White House released a rough transcript of Trump urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The House Intelligence Committee also released the whistleblower’s complaint about the July 25 phone call between the two leaders.
Broken down by political party, Republicans are overwhelmingly against impeaching the president — with 7 percent supporting it and 92 percent opposing it.
Among Democrats, the sentiment is reversed.
Ninety percent say Trump should be removed and 5 percent disagree.
Independents are split — with 42 percent opting for removal and 50 percent saying he shouldn’t be.
The number of Democrats on board with impeachment has grown substantially from last week when they said 73 to 21 percent that Trump should be removed.
The percentage among Republicans remained virtually unchanged.
As “more information emerged about the president’s actions regarding Ukraine, public opinion about impeachment is showing a shift. The percentage of voters who think the president should be impeached and removed from office climbed,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.
“While voters overall are split on the question, there’s less hesitancy over the impeachment inquiry itself as more than half of voters approve of it.”
Asked whether Trump’s did anything wrong in his call with Zelensky, 50 percent believe he did and 40 percent think he did not.
The survey polled 1,115 self-identified registered voters nationwide.
It has a plus/minus 3.6 percentage point margin of error.
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