Poll: a majority of Americans think House Democrats right to open Trump impeachment inquiry
WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans think House Democrats were right to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-Shar School poll published Tuesday.
By a margin of 58-38%, respondents said Congress should have begun the impeachment inquiry. Forty-three percent were “strongly” in favor, while 29% were “strongly” opposed.
Last month, congressional Democrats announced the probe in response to a whistleblower’s complaint that alleged Trump leveraged military aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating Vice President Joe Biden, one of his chief Democratic rivals in the 2020 election.
Sixty-two percent said asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, was inappropriate – 43% said it was “very inappropriate” and 17% said “somewhat inappropriate.” Thirty-two percent felt it was appropriate.
Fifty-eight percent thought it mattered that Trump held back military aid ahead of requesting the investigation – 38% said it mattered “a great deal” and 20% said it mattered “a good amount.” Thirty-seven percent said that it mattered “not so much” or “not at all.”
About half of the respondents (49%) said Trump should be removed from office.
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The poll’s results indicate a shift in public opinion toward impeachment since the whistleblower’s allegations became public. In July, a Post-ABC News poll found that only 37% of Americans thought Democrats should begin impeachment proceedings, with 59% saying they should not. A Post-Shar School poll in April also found only 37% supported impeachment proceedings
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