Most Americans do not think Trump should be impeached, new poll shows

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump.
  • A new poll from Quinnipiac University found that 59 per cent of American voters do not think House Democrats should begin an impeachment process of President Trump.
  • The poll also showed that 35 per cent believe he should be impeached, with six per cent unsure.
  • Opinions on impeachment are fiercely divided by party affiliation.

A new Quinnipiac University poll unveiled on Tuesday found that a majority of Americans are opposed to impeaching President Donald Trump, just as House Democrats are ramping up their investigations into the White House.

The poll also found a majority of voters believe Trump committed crimes before becoming president, but are split on whether he committed any crimes since taking office in 2017.

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From March 1 – 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,120 voters nationwide with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect.

In the poll, 59 per cent of voters said Congress should not impeach Trump, while 35 per cent would support the effort.

But voters were also unsure of whether Trump has committed any crimes since becoming president, with 45 saying he has, compared to 43 per cent saying he has not. A whopping 64 per cent believe Trump committed crimes before becoming president, with only 24 per cent taking the position that he did not.

“When two-thirds of voters think you have committed a crime in your past life, and almost half of voters say it’s a tossup over whether you committed a crime while in the Oval Office, confidence in your overall integrity is very shaky,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The poll comes just as House Democrats across various committees announced new and expanded investigations into a whole host of Trump associates, as well as the president himself.

The House Judiciary Committee announced on Monday their intent to request documents from 81 individuals in the president’s circle across a variety of different areas.

At the same time, the chairs of the House committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight joined together to expand their probes into discussions the president and his staff have had with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The probe also includes inquiries into whether Trump violated federal records keeping laws as well.

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