There is a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that has been released and the number of Americans who believe President Donald Trump should be impeached rose by 8 percentage points over the past week. More people have learned about allegations that the president pressured Ukraine to gain information about his top Democratic political rival Joe Biden. The poll was released on Monday.
The Sept. 26-30 opinion poll found that 45% of adults believe Trump “should be impeached,” compared with 37% in a similar poll that ran last week. Another 41% said that Trump should not be impeached and 15% said they “don’t know.”
Democratic responders indicated that 74% said Trump should be impeached, up 8 points over the past week, while 13% of Republicans said they supported impeachment, up 3 points. It was unchanged among independents at 37%.
The American public has been focused on the question of impeachment following a whistleblower complaint about a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The U.S. House of Representatives started an impeachment inquiry of Trump last week because of a whistleblower report that raised concerns that Trump tried to leverage nearly $400 million in U.S. aid in exchange for a political favor from Zelinskiy. The favor involved an investigation of Joe Biden, the former vice president and leading Democratic presidential contender.
The poll included 2,200 U.S. adults and it found that 34% had heard “a great deal” about the Ukraine scandal this week. This is approximately twice the number of people who had been paying close attention when compared with last week.
It was 30% who said they have heard “some” details about the Ukraine call.
When asked what they thought about the news, 43% said “president Trump is trying to smear Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign,” up 4 points from last week.
The poll also found that 66% of American adults said any elected official “should be removed” from office if they work with a foreign government to attack a political rival. That included 46% of Republicans, 88% of Democrats and about two-thirds of independents.
A smaller number of respondents – 45% – said that Trump should be impeached, however, and it suggests that many of them did not believe allegations against Trump or had yet to conclude Trump had indeed worked with Ukraine to damage Biden.
Credit: Daily Mail