Support for impeachment of President Trump is apparently on the rise, but a majority of Americans do not believe Congress should forcibly remove Trump from office.
A poll from Monmouth University published on Tuesday discovered that 52 percent of adults do not believe that Trump should be impeached and removed from the White House. This comes in spite of a phone call with the Ukrainian president that most potential voters deemed inappropriate.
Nearly two-thirds, 63 percent, said it was “not appropriate” for Trump to request that Volodymyr Zelensky look into corruption allegations levied at Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.
However, just 44 percent of voters and 41 percent of self-identified independents said Trump should be tried and convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors.
The percentage of voting-age adults who think Trump should be forced to quit did increase by nine percent from August to September.
In the poll that began before the release of the whistle-blower complaint and a rough transcript of Trump’s call, many voters surveyed claimed not to know very much about the circumstances that lead to Democrat’s impeachment inquiry. This indicates that public opinion may continue shift in future polls.
There was a four percent rise in support for the impeachment inquiry throughout last week. It began at 46 percent on Monday, reached 48 percent on Wednesday and peaked at 50 percent on Friday through the survey period’s conclusion on Sunday.
Support for the president also increased in that period of time, inching up to 45 percent from 40 percent at the beginning of the week.
The number of voters who said they were undecided on impeachment also lessened, dropping from 13 percent to four percent by the end of the survey period.
Democrats have launched what they call an impeachment inquiry, suggesting that this time, at least on Capitol Hill, frustration with Trump is not going to die down.
Republicans joined Democrats and independents in saying that the president should not be exempted from the law. Just 12 percent of those polled believe he should be protected from whistle-blower complaints, while 77 percent of all potential voters who believe he shouldn’t be.
The poll had more good news for Trump, it appears the Ukraine probe is casting a shadow on Biden’s presidential prospects, as well.
Pollsters found that 42 percent of those questioned said Biden probably did pressure Ukraine to stop investigating an oil and gas company that paid his son Hunter Biden.
“Trump may be facing backlash for this call but the irony is now that its contents are out there, it may actually help with his objective. And that is to sow doubt about Biden among voters,” said director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute Patrick Murray at the time of the survey’s release.
Credit: Daily Mail