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Pew Poll: 51% Say Trump Should Be Removed From Office

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Protesters at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18, 2020. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 23 January 2020 07:30 AM

Slightly more people believe President Donald Trump should be removed from office as a result of the Senate impeachment trial than those who say he should stay, but most agree the president has either done things that are illegal or unethical, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults said the trial should end with Trump's removal, while 46% said he should remain in office, according to the survey conducted from Jan. 6-19 among 12,638 U.S. adults on Pew Research Center's American Trends Panel. The poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points.

The results were divided sharply along party, age, and race lines:

  • 86% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said Trump should stay in office.
  • 85% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents said he should be removed.
  • 56% of Americans aged 65 and older said Trump should stay.
  • 63% of Americans under 30 said he should be removed.
  • 82% of black Americans said Trump should be removed.
  • 66% of Hispanics said he should be removed.
  • 58% of white Americans said he should stay.

However, the divisions were different concerning whether Trump acted illegally or unethically:

  • 63% of Americans said the president definitely (38%) or probably (25%) has done things that are illegal, either during his time in office or while he was running for president.
  • 70% say Trump has definitely (45%) or probably (26%) done unethical things.
  • 66% of Democrats said Trump has acted illegally.
  • 8% of Republicans said he has definitely done illegal things and 23% said he has probably acted illegally.

The public also did not have confidence in either party to be "fair and reasonable" during the Senate's impeachment trial:

  • 48% are at least somewhat confident that Senate Democrats will be fair and reasonable.
  • 43% said Republicans would be fair and reasonable.

Trump's overall job ratings have not changed during the impeachment process:

  • 40% approve of Trump's job performance.
  • 58% disapprove.
  • 92% of Democrats disapprove.
  • 80% of Republicans approve.

In a September Pew poll, before the House of Representatives launched its impeachment inquiry, 40% approved of Trump's job performance and 59% disapproved.

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