House Democrats still have a long way to go to get voters behind an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
While even some of the caucus’ most vulnerable members spent this past weekend inching closer to supporting impeachment, a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll — conducted before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement on Tuesday that Democrats will pursue an impeachment inquiry — found that a plurality of registered voters still opposed impeachment, with little sign of movement toward supporting such steps.
In the poll — conducted Friday through Sunday, as stories circled about Trump allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the Democratic candidates hoping to oust him — 36 percent of respondents said they believe Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Support for impeachment is down a tick from 37 percent last week. Nearly half of respondents, 49 percent, said Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings, also down a point from last week.
“Despite being a popular topic in the news, support for impeachment proceedings remains relatively unchanged in the past week,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “This week, 36 percent of registered voters, including 33 percent of independents and 5 percent of Republicans, support impeachment. These numbers have remained steady over the summer, with little impact from the latest whistleblower complaint centered on Ukraine so far.”
About 66 percent of Democratic voters support opening an impeachment probe.
The poll did not include detailed questions about the Ukraine scandal, which was still being unraveled when the survey began. After the impeachment question, voters were asked how much they had heard about “a whistleblower complaint from a U.S. intelligence official that reportedly centers on Ukraine and involved communications with a foreign leader and a ‘promise’ made by President Trump.”
Fewer than 1 in 4, 23 percent, had heard “a lot” about the whistleblower complaint, while 31 percent had heard “some,” 23 percent hadn’t heard much and 23 percent had heard “nothing at all.”
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,994 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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