According to a recent poll, while almost 70 percent of Americans think that a sitting president should be able to be criminally charged, more than 60 percent think that there’s no reason for Congress to begin impeachment against President Donald Trump, The New York Post reported.
“The Quinnipiac University Poll showed 69 percent of voters overall agree that the occupant of the White House should be subject to criminal charges, while 24 percent said the president shouldn’t be charged until after leaving office,” the Post reported.
“Broken down by political party, Republicans by 52-35 percent and Democrats by 83-12 percent say a sitting president should be able to be charged, the poll said.”
When they were asked whether they believed that the president committed any crimes before he took office, the voters polled agreed by a 57-29 percent margin that he probably did commit some kind of crime before becoming president. However, it was a 45-45 percent split as to whether they think he has committed crimes while in the White House.
However, a majority of 55-35 percent think that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not clear Trump of wrongdoing when he released his much-anticipated report. That said, 61-33 percent believe that Congress should not try to impeach Trump, saying that his actions don’t warrant such a move.
“Democrats and black voters support impeachment, the only ones in favor among the voters listed by party, gender, education, age and racial group, the poll showed,” the Post reported.
“But voters are divided — 48 percent say yes and 49 percent say no — over whether Congress should further investigate Trump to determine bringing impeachment charges.”
“Complete exoneration??? Case closed??? ‘Hold on, Mr. President,’ most American voters say,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “Even though questions clearly linger on the true thrust of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, an even larger majority says impeachment is just not the way to go.”