According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, the bulk of Americans across all parties already have their minds made up about impeachment and nothing that comes out in the impeachment inquiry will change it, according to NPR.
“Half of Americans said they approve of the impeachment inquiry — about the same as the poll found last month. Respondents are also split on whether they think Trump should be impeached and removed from office,” NPR reported.
“But 65% of Americans say they can’t imagine any information or circumstances during the impeachment inquiry where they might change their minds about their position on impeachment. And 30% say yes, it’s possible.”
The poll was conducted between Nov. 11-15 which was around the time of the testimony of the first three witnesses in the inquiry, but prior to the eight more witnesses who are slated to testify this week.
“We’re really not seeing either a backlash or a positive,” Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, said about the impeachment inquiry. “What we’re seeing is people just locking in.”
Americans indicated that they are more likely to support impeachment based on what they’ve heard or read from the testimonies and evidence presented by a margin of 47%-41%.
NPR expanded on the polling results as follows:
“Some 70% of registered voters say they’ve been paying “very” or “fairly” close attention to the House impeachment inquiry. And 53% of those paying at least fairly close attention say they’re more likely to support impeachment.
Democrats are the ones following most closely with 78% saying they’re doing so, compared with 68% of Republicans and 66% of independents.
Half of people say they approve of the impeachment inquiry — 50% — compared to 43% who don’t. That’s about the same as in the poll a month ago (52% to 43%). But Americans are pretty much split down the middle — 45% to 44% — on whether they think Trump should be impeached and removed from office.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.