The public is equally divided over whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, with 42 percent wanting him removed from office and an equal number saying the opposite, according to a USA Today/iMediaEthics Poll released Monday.
The divide also shows an equal intensity on either side of the issue, with 34 percent saying they would be upset if Trump is impeached and the same number saying they would be upset if he is not.
The support for impeachment among a large number of voters comes even as no effort is underway in Congress to try and remove the president from office.
Other results of the survey show:
- The percentage supporting impeachment is higher than for recent presidents. During Barack Obama's term, 33 percent said he should be impeached, while 65 percent said he should not, and during the presidency of George W. Bush, 30 percent supported impeachment, while 69 percent did not.
- 46 percent say Trump is not likely to complete his first term, for whatever reason, while only 27 percent are confident he will serve all four years.
- Almost 70 percent of Democrats said Trump should be impeached, as do 36 percent of Independents and 15 percent of Republicans.
- 51 percent of those under 35 years old support impeachment, while only 33 percent of those 50 and older want Trump removed from office.
- Among women, 46 percent back impeachment, while among men, it is 38 percent.
- 27 percent said Congress already has enough evidence to impeach Trump, another 30 percent said there is not yet sufficient evidence for such a move, but said there eventually will be from ongoing investigations, and 31 percent said there will never be enough proof to justify impeachment.
- 44 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, while 51 percent disapprove. Only 22 percent strongly approve of him, while 37 percent strongly disapprove of his performance.
"These results suggest that Trump is probably the most beleaguered first-term president in the country’s history, and certainly in modern history — highly unpopular among the public, with a significant portion clamoring for his impeachment barely six months after his inauguration," said David Moore polling director for iMediaEthics, a nonprofit, non-partisan news site, and a senior fellow at the University of New Hampshire.
The survey was an online poll among 1,330 adults taken between July 17-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
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