US Opinions Unchanged After First Week of Impeachment TV

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, arrives to testify before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The televised impeachment hearings that began this week in the U.S. House of Representatives do not appear to have changed many minds about President Donald Trump, with public support for his impeachment about the same before and after the first U.S. diplomats testified, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The national online poll, which ran from Thursday to Friday morning, showed that 44% of U.S. adults said Trump “should be impeached,” while 40% said he “should not be impeached.” A similar poll that ran earlier in the week found 45% supported impeachment and 42% opposed it.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll also found that about 68% of Americans said they were following the hearings. That includes 28% who said they were watching or listening to the hearings on live broadcasts. About 25% said they had not paid any attention to the impeachment proceedings in Congress.

Among those paying attention, 41% said the hearings had made them “more supportive” of impeaching Trump, while 25% said they had made them “less supportive.” That finding, combined with the overall lack of movement in public opinion regarding impeachment, suggests the hearings so far have mostly provided people with a rationale for their earlier support or opposition to impeachment.

To see the full poll results click here.

This week’s hearings began the public phase of the House impeachment inquiry. Americans watched as lawmakers questioned U.S. diplomats regarding allegations Trump used his position to strongarm Ukraine into investigating his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

Yet this week William Taylor and George Kent both testified about what they considered to be alarming efforts by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pressure Ukraine into opening a corruption investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter.

Another career diplomat in Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, testified about Giuliani’s role in removing her from her post earlier this year. After Trump chimed in during the hearing with a tweet that derided the 33-year veteran diplomat, Yovanovitch said she found the experience to be “very intimidating.”

Overall, the poll found that 41% of the public approved of Trump, while 54% disapproved.

When asked about the Ukraine allegations, 57% said they agreed that Congress should investigate if Trump committed impeachable offenses, while 30% disagreed. And 47% agreed that Trump “pressured” Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, while 29% disagreed.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,115 adults and has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of about 3 percentage points.

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General Confusion
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Re: opposition to the typical conservative narrative “They rant (especially GC), name call, twist and turn and not once has anyone said…..thanks so much I am now a Democrat” Cherl Cherl remains confused about people with opposing opinions because she, and many others liker her, have a closed mind, can’t think critically, and frankly just won’t learn. She and others have repeatedly asked this question but never acknowledge the reason why people oppose fascism. I can understand your need to fit in with a cult, but, damn, you guys are dangerous. You NEED being opposed! At least I am willing… Read more »

Michael
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Bonnie continues to show the world she has no understanding of how polls work (and of mathematics in general):
“No I don’t think so joke boy I understand these very well you show me a poll that has millions doing it so obviously you don’t understand them a 1100 people is not the country”

Cherl
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Does anyone wonder what Generally Confused and Phyllis’s purpose is here? They rant (especially GC), name call, twist and turn and not once has anyone said…..thanks so much I am now a Democrat because of your endless and tiresome soliloquies!

Mark Simmons
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The article missed a key piece of information. Polls for impeachment were run the week of Trump’s inauguration. These polls are unchanged from those. Obviously, Trump hadn’t done anything worthy of impeachment. His presidency hadn’t started, so what we are left with is the following conclusions.

1. About 45% of people want Trump out of office regardless of whether it’s justified or even legal.

2. All the Democrats, Deep State, and Democrat supporting media have done these past 3 years hasn’t moved the needle at all!

Bonnie Keever
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General confusion is obviously a joke here when he thinks that a 1000 people are a impact on a population in a poll and he is not worthy of saying anything

Ron Pauly
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There’s people that actually buy this line of BS from the Democrats? I only hope the Democrats lose the next election and the house. People this stupid really shouldn’t be in charge. Just look at the candidate’s web sites and what they think and want to push on everyone. Also, does anyone believe pole results?

Mark Simmons
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I think you missed the BIGGEST piece of information. These poll numbers on impeachment are virtually the same as they were the week Trump was inaugurated. Obviously there was no Constitutional reason to impeach Trump at that time. Thus after 3 years and all the Democrats have done they have no evidence that has convinced anybody else that Trump should be impeached.

General Confusion
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“So…you’re not saying Phyllis sits by her phone waiting for polls but then you identify her with a generic group that does exactly that. Who exactly is this “you” you describe? Is it like saying “you people” and just a derogatory and prejudiced categorization of older white women?

Please clarify.” Somebody using MY ID

Why should I try explaining English to you? It seems like such a waste of my time. I was clear enough with what I wrote, so read it again.

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