Nearly half of all Americans want Trump impeached: poll

Nearly half of all Americans want Trump impeached: poll
Donald Trump impeachment response via screengrab

Nearly half of all Americans support impeaching President Donald Trump and removing him from office, according to the results of a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

The survey finds that 49 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump — an increase of 6 points since early October. In contrast, 46 percent of Americans do not want Trump to be impeached — a decline of 3 points during the same timeframe. The increase in support for impeaching and removing Trump has come mainly from Democratic and independent voters.

Fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance, including 45 percent who strongly disapprove of it, according to the poll. Only 45 percent approve of the president’s performance, including just 31 percent do so strongly. These figures reveal that Trump is unpopular outside of his Republican base.

While 91 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s job as president, the same is true for only 38 percent of independents and only 6 percent of Democrats. Fifty percent of Americans say they lack any confidence in Trump having the right goals and policies to be president, while only 35 percent say they are “extremely” or “quite” confident.

There is also bad news for Trump in the poll when he is matched up against either former Vice President Joe Biden or Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both of whom are regarded as the frontrunners for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden has a nine-point lead over Trump in polls where the two men compete directly against each other (50 percent to 41 percent), while Warren has an eight point lead (50 percent to 42 percent).

A Fox News poll released Sunday showed similar results for Trump. It found that Biden would defeat Trump if a general election were held today by 51 percent to 39 percent, while Warren would defeat Trump by 46 percent to 41 percent.

The survey was criticized by Trump for revealing other unfavorable news for the president: It found that 49 percent of Americans want the president not only impeached but also removed from office, compared to 41 percent who oppose doing so and four percent who say he should be impeached but not removed. That survey also showed that only 42 percent of voters approved of Trump’s job performance compared to 57 percent who disapproved of it.

“You’re reading the wrong polls. I have the real polls,” Trump told reporters outside the White House when asked Sunday about the Fox News survey results. “I have the real polls. The CNN polls are fake. The Fox polls have always been lousy. I tell them they ought to get themselves a real pollster. But the real polls — if you look at the polls that came out this morning — people don’t want anything to do with impeachment. It’s a phony scam. It’s a hoax.”

A spokesperson from Fox News pointed Salon to an earlier statement by the network saying that “our polling unit has long been held in high regard for being a nonpartisan source of research."

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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