Democrats want an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, but a new poll shows the number of Americans opposing the impeachment or his removal from office hit the highest level since at least mid-2017.
Monmouth University released a poll on Thursday, Aug. 22, showing 59% of Americans think President Trump should not be impeached and compelled to leave the presidency—the highest percentage since Monmouth started asking this question in July 2017.
Just over a third (35%) of those surveyed feel that President Trump should be impeached and made to leave office.
Opposition to the president’s removal via impeachment has ranged between 53% and 59% during the poll’s history, while support for impeachment ranged between 35% and 42%, with the current results at the low end of that range.
Among those who say an impeachment inquiry is a bad idea, the top reasons include feeling that President Trump has done nothing wrong (27%), it would be a waste of time and money (22%), the inquiry would be a partisan “Witch Hunt” (13%), President Trump has done a good job (12%), and Congress should be working on other issues (10%).
Among those who feel an impeachment inquiry is a good idea, 18% cite a need to follow the evidence, 17% say the president has broken the law, 17% point to his moral character, and others cite the president’s policies, racism, and immigration issues.
The poll, which surveys the potential impeachment impact on 2020 presidential election, found only 1-in-5 Americans think an impeachment trial would actually lead to President Trump’s removal from office.
Opinion is mixed in terms of how this could impact the election, but some indications in the poll show an impeachment trial could provide a small net boost for President Trump’s re-election effort.
However, many Democrats want to plow ahead with impeachment regardless of the political consequences. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y), chairman of the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee, said earlier this month his House committee has started proceedings.
In the poll, most Democrats (72%) feel such an inquiry is a good idea, but only 39% of independents and just 8% of Republicans agree.
On July 17, the House of Representatives struck down the proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump by a vote of 332-95-1.
President Trump at that time said the measure “is perhaps the most ridiculous and time-consuming project I have ever had to work on.”
“Impeachment of your President, who has led the Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military, and much more, is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!” the president wrote in a tweet.