Washington, DC, September 30, 2019 — One week after news broke about President Donald Trump’s call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that more Americans are now in favor of impeaching Trump. Currently, 45% of Americans believe President Trump should be impeached, up from 37% last week. Forty-one percent of Americans do not favor impeachment. While partisans continue to be deeply divided on this issue – 75% of Democratic registered voters support impeachment, 81% of Republican registered voters oppose – Independents are evenly split (38% support impeachment and 39% oppose). Furthermore, more than two-thirds of registered voters (69%) agree that an elected official who uses a foreign government to attack a political rival should be removed, including 89% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 46% of Republicans.
At the same time, President Trump’s approval rating has decreased, from 43% last week to 39% now. His approval among Democratic registered voters is in the single digits (9%), fewer than one-third of Independents approve of Trump (30%), but 83% of Republicans still approve of the job the president is doing.
Awareness of this rapidly developing issue is growing quickly. Last week, just 17% of Americans said they had heard “a great deal” about President Trump, Joe Biden, and the new president of Ukraine. That number has now doubled, and only 10% of Americans have not heard anything. While only 14% have read the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky, another 54% report either reading or hearing summaries, or just hearing others talk about it.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 26-30, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 2,234 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 1,917 registered voters, 861 Democratic registered voters, 781 Republican registered voters, and 191 Independent registered voters. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 2.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval ± 3.8 percentage points for registered voters, ± 2.6 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 4.0 percentage points for Republican registered voters, ± 8.1 percentage points for Independent registered voters.
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