US Opinions Unchanged After First Week of Impeachment TV

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.

Responses

  1. 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 to stand up for that. I wish more would.

  2. 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”

    1. Bonnie can’t even understand that she is using Michael’s ID on IJR, so how could she ever understand statistics?

      I DID explain how polling numbers work, Bonnie, about 10 days ago. I guess you missed it.

      Sorry for the notification, Michael. I know you will understand.

  3. 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!

    1. This is NOT your web site. It is open for anyone to join, even if we have views that don’t meet your criteria for being proper or not.

      Sorry for you if that confuses you, but this is what happens when you live inside a partisan bubble. I hope to burst your tiny, little bubble.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

    1. And you still have no idea about how polls work.

      To stop your confusion, go take a statistics course.

  6. 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?

    1. Trump is counting on people like you to remain blissfully ignorant in your false sense of superiority.

  7. 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.

  8. “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.

  9. “To Raymond Richard in the Facebook section (IJR is broken):

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Wednesday that the House is expected to pass a spending bill next week to fund the federal government through December 20. Congressmen were also warned not to make travel plans for a week in December.

    See? Democrats ARE doing things that need doing. Strange as that may seem to some of you blind people.” Me

    To which Phyllis replied:

    “Apparently, Raymond missed the pause in the testimony yesterday for a House VOTE. If these folks had the Countable app, they would know every time their representative and senators voted, WHAT they voted on and HOW they voted. But of course, they would then not be able to PRETEND they believe the talking points. I do not buy these folks are as uninformed as they want others to believe they are.”

    I guess that I could start a list of references to good, useful apps, too.

    I compare these people to, what, those “nose-blind” people in the Fabreeze ads only they are poli-blind? Seems appropriate.

    Man, I wish IJR would fix their web site.

  10. “as 2 Caucasian women in the same age group, (judging by your photo) I too have been told the quota for our category has been met.” Phyllis

    Did you ever think that there are a LOT of retired Caucasian women sitting by their phones waiting for survey calls to come in? I am not saying that YOU do that, but my guess is that there are millions and millions of you coast to coast to coast.

    1. 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.

  11. “they go through this screener where they ask your age, and then your gender, then your race and each time I answer truthfully they say, oh thanks but we have all the folks we want. If I check the box that says “prefer not to answer” I get to participate.” Laura Sealey

    So let me get this straight.

    You complain about the accuracy of polls but you seem quite willing to skew polls by leaving out pertinent information that helps them to accurately represent the population. If they have all of the people that they need for your demographic, why would you put your selfishness ahead of their accuracy?

    I am confused.

    1. That you bother to answer unsolicited phone surveys shows
      1. you have too much time on your hands.
      2. you don’t have the brains or balls to lie to a stranger asking personal questions.

  12. Was it same group of people or different? If it was the same you could say their opinions changed. If it was different people then it is a whole new poll. Then you don’t know if anyone change their opinion

  13. Indeed let’s poll people because 2016 has shown how super accurate and reliable they are. They ask questions to determine what gender, age, race, religion, political spectrum you are, and we’re supposed to put stock in these clearly designed tools to show discord among us? Bottom line the status quo was shaken and those who lord over us lowly peasants are not happy in the slightest. They hate Trump because he’s brought this to light more so than others have they aren’t even trying to hide it at this point. The guy is a egomaniac who has a very abrasive personality but he’s made it rather clear he’s trying to help strengthen America, and not worry about non citizens exactly what a leader is supposed to do. The guy isn’t even taking his salary as president even though he’s not needing it others gladly took it while already being beyond wealthy. If anything he’s taken steps to show he wants to work for Americans and he’s never made blatantly racist remarks like Joe Biden. Guy says “poor kids” can do just as well as white kids and they forget about it a week later literally saying black kids are inherently poor because they are black.

  14. I call BS on their poll information. I do surveys and such with IPSOS and they go through this screener where they ask your age, and then your gender, then your race and each time I answer truthfully they say, oh thanks but we have all the folks we want. If I check the box that says “prefer not to answer” I get to participate. I believe they are skewing their results by screening out folks who don’t fit their narrative.

    1. I seriously doubt that you and I agree on much, but as 2 Caucasian women in the same age group, (judging by your photo) I too have been told the quota for our category has been met.

  15. OK Rueters How many people did you poll? 10 20 That is the only way you could come up with your numbers. Well unless you only talked to 2 republicans/conservatives. Polls are worthless, we found that out in 2016 and they have not gotten any better, just more of the same trash.

    1. “https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/12/8770/8684/Topline%20Reuters%20Impeachment%20Hearings%2011%2015%202019”

  16. “According to a Rueters poll”. Lol how much more unbiased credibility could one ask for? ?

  17. Marie Yavanovitch has committed perjury. If you listen to her answer to the question about speaking to anyone in the administration (Obama’s) about Burisma, H Biden, etc… she says “NO, we never spoke of it” and at the END of her testimony, she answers “Yes” to the question regarding a practice Q&A session with Obama regarding the conflict of interest regarding HUNTER BIDEN! The question was asked by Elise Stafanik. Stefanik brings up her testimony from the private session.

    ALSO Yavanovitch had no idea Trump was tweeting about her. If Trump is being blamed for “intimidating a witness” as Shiff has stated, then SHIFF Himself, is guilty of aiding & abetting the intimidation of a witness.

    1. Schiff is not the POTUS, and therefore any crimes he would commit would not be covered under DOJ standards of inability to charge a sitting POTUS. If you believe Schiff “is guilty of aiding & abetting the intimidation of a witness” would you not expect the Trump DOJ to file charges?

  18. Here is an important PSA announcement about IJR.

    Look, guys, this isn’t difficult. IJR is broken.

    If you make two or more replies to a comment NOBODY CAN READ ANY OF THEM! If you really want to reply to me do it in the open. If you respect any other IJR member, please, don’t hide THEIR comments, too.

    1. Ah, I see. You downvoters WANT to hide the comments of others including your own.

  19. I am sorry but 1,100 do not constitute a whole country these polls are a joke election we will make our mark these democrats have proven nothing but hear say nothing more they have been trying to impeach him since he got elected as far as I am concerned all the democrats and some republicans should be fired and replaced and pay back all the taxpayers money wasted on these hearings

    1. “these polls are a joke” Bonnie Keever

      Sorry, Bonnie, but it is YOU who is a joke. You completely don’t understand how polling works. In other words, polls confuse you.

      A thousand people is a fairly good representation of the US population IF DONE PROPERLY, and since you have no idea about how statistics makes this even possible, you are not worthy of making any claims about the accuracy of this or any other poll, at this point.

  20. No one ever asks me for an opinion! This impeachment farce is another waste of taxpayer money. The dems have done nothing to earn their pay since President Trump was elected.

  21. Only the ignorant, illegal, lazy and ideologically blinded buy into this BS anyway.

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