A new Fox News poll found that a majority of voters think Trump abused his power and should be impeached

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  • A majority of US voters in a new Fox News poll said they believed President Donald Trump abused his power and should be impeached.
  • According to the poll, conducted early last week, 53% of voters said Trump abused his power and 54% said the president should be impeached. Half said he should be impeached and removed from office.
  • Fox’s poll also found that 48% of voters said Trump obstructed Congress, while 34% said he didn’t. Forty-five per cent of voters said Trump committed bribery, while 35% said he did not.
  • The poll, which comes from the president’s favourite television network, will most likely frustrate Trump as he continues battling Democrats on impeachment and claiming he did nothing wrong.
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A new poll from Fox News found that a majority of US registered voters thought President Donald Trump abused his power and should be impeached.

The poll, conducted early last week, December 8-11, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, found that 53% of voters said Trump abused his power, while 38% said he didn’t. Half of voters said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 4% believe he should be impeached but not removed and 41% said he shouldn’t be impeached at all.

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Fox’s previous poll, conducted in late October, found that 49% of voters supported impeachment and removal.

The latest poll also found that 48% of voters said Trump obstructed Congress, while 34% said he didn’t. That question was asked only December 10-11, after that charge was unveiled as an article of impeachment, and the margin of error was higher at plus or minus 5.5 points. Forty-five per cent of voters said Trump committed bribery, while 35% say he did not.

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The poll, which comes from the president’s favourite television network, will most likely frustrate Trump as he continues battling Democrats on impeachment and claiming he did nothing wrong.

At the centre of the proceedings are Trump’s efforts to strong-arm Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election by delivering political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats. While Trump was engaged in this pressure campaign, he withheld nearly $US400 million in vital military aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately sought.

The catalyst for the impeachment proceedings was a whistleblower complaint detailing a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky, during which the US president repeatedly pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to do his bidding.

A cascade of witness testimony since that complaint emerged showed that the phone call was just one data point in a monthslong effort by Trump and his allies hoping to force Ukraine to accede to his political demands.

Testimony also indicated that Ukrainian officials were aware of the freeze in security assistance at the time of the phone call and that Zelensky was ready to cave to Trump’s demands but was able to pull out at the last minute because the whistleblower complaint became public.

Last week, the Democratic-led House of Representatives unveiled two articles of impeachment against Trump; the first one charges him with abuse of power and the second with obstruction of Congress.

The abuse-of-power article relates to what Democrats say was Trump’s effort to use the power of his office to bully a critical but weaker ally into giving him information against a domestic political rival. The obstruction article relates to Trump’s stonewalling of lawful congressional oversight and subpoena power once it started the impeachment inquiry.

Both articles passed the House Judiciary Committee last week by a vote of 23-17 along party lines. The full House is expected to vote on the articles Wednesday, and if they pass, impeachment proceedings will move to the Republican-controlled Senate, which is widely expected to acquit the president.