Mood Shifts on Impeachment

Now a majority favors the House probe, CBS News poll finds
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2019 2:15 PM CDT
Polling Shifts on Impeachment
President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Looks like Americans are shifting on impeachment—at least according to a new poll of 2,059 US residents conducted on Thursday and Friday, CBS News reports. Much in the YouGov poll breaks down predictably between Democrats and Republicans, but a slim majority now approve the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, with 55% on board and 45% opposed (a 6-point approval boost over a Thursday poll). Among those, 87% of Democrats approve and 13% disapprove, while 23% of Republicans approve and 77% disapprove. CBS News notes that Democrats don't appear divided over impeachment, as some had predicted.

The poll also shows that most Republicans believe Trump either acted properly or, if improperly, still legally and within the bounds of past presidential behavior. On that front, 71% of Republicans called Trump's apparent pressuring of Ukraine's president a typical presidential move, while 85% of Democrats disagreed; 41% of those polled called Trump's actions illegal, and 31% improper but legal. Does he deserve to be impeached? Overall, 42% said yes, 36% no, and 22% said it was too soon to say. On Friday, FiveThirtyEight analyzed recent polling and found an uptick of up to 10% in pro-impeachment sentiment among Americans since mid-April. (Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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