Majority of Americans Oppose Convicting, Removing Trump Amid Impeachment Trial: Poll
The chasm in support for conviction is mostly due to the partisan divide
Over half of the respondents reported that they didn't wish to see Trump removed from office, with 51% opposing conviction and 46% supporting the president’s removal.
Meanwhile, Democratic respondents supported convicting Trump, with 86% supporting his removal.
But Independents were divided on the issue.
Forty-nine percent of independents supported Trump's conviction.
6% opposed his removal.
But just 7% of Republican respondents supported convicting Trump.
The approval for Trump’s conviction is higher than that of Bill Clinton, which saw 33% supported his conviction and removal from office.
The chasm in support for conviction is mostly due to the partisan divide.
Though both presidents had minimal support for removal from within the party, Clinton only had support for conviction from 65% of Republicans, compared to 86% of Democrats supporting Trump’s removal.
In November, Trump's voter approval had turned positive thanks to a massive revolt against impeachment by independents, according to a survey released at the time.
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The Emerson poll found that 48% approve of Trump, while 47% do not.
Additionally, public support for the president's impeachment is now negative, as finding that echoes other recent pollings.
Emerson said the fundamental change has been among independent voters.
"President Trump’s approval has increased in the last month with 48% approval and 47% disapproval, a bounce from 43% approval in the last Emerson National poll in October," according to the analysis shared after Wednesday's testimony of Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.
According to the analysis:
"Support for impeachment has flipped since October from 48% support with 44% opposing, to now 45% opposed and 43% in support."
"The biggest swing is among independents, who oppose impeachment now 49% to 34%, which is a reversal from October where they supported impeachment 48% to 39%."