• Polls have been conducted to gauge how the American public feels about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The CBS poll shows about 55% of those polled agree with the inquiry.
  • Partisan lines have clearly been drawn and “most Democrats call the president’s handling of matters with Ukraine illegal, and deserving of impeachment.”
  • However, “most Republicans call his actions proper — or, even if improper, then still legal — and feel they’re an example of things that past presidents typically did, too.”
  • The American public thinks “that because Congress is now taking up the matter, it will be unable to work on other issues.”
  • As “the inquiry begins, there is no national consensus on how to assess the president’s actions.”
  • The poll shows that “almost nine in 10 Democrats approve of the inquiry, and two-thirds strongly approve.”
  • However, “prior to the inquiry, some had wondered if taking up impeachment proceedings might divide a Democratic rank-and-file that has been long concerned with other policies like health care and guns.”
  • With the latest inquiry spearheaded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “most moderate Democrats side with liberal Democrats in supporting impeachment proceedings. Of those who say they voted for a Democratic House candidate in 2018, nine in 10 feel this inquiry is necessary.”
  • On the other hand, “when characterizing the president’s actions in particular, just under one-third of Americans say the president’s handling of matters with Ukraine may have been improper but were nonetheless still legal.”
  • Other results show that “just over a quarter, including most Republicans, says the president acted properly. Another four in 10, including most Democrats, feel he has acted illegally.”
  • The majority of Republicans think “that the president’s aims in the matter were to protect U.S. interests and stop corruption. Seven in 10 Republicans feel that his dealings with Ukraine are typical of what most past presidents have probably done in dealing with foreign countries.”

Reference Links

  • Washington Examiner: Most Americans back impeachment inquiry into Trump: Poll READ
  • The Hill: Over 60 percent of Americans say Trump’s interactions with Ukraine president a serious problem: poll READ
  • CBS: CBS News poll: Majority of Americans and Democrats approve of Trump impeachment inquiry READ
  • KTVZ: Poll: Majority of Americans say impeachment inquiry is necessary READ

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