Washington, DC, January 23, 2020 – According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, most Americans believe that the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate should allow witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the charges against President Donald Trump to testify (72%). Fewer (45%) believe that those with secondhand knowledge should be allowed to testify.
With regards to press rules in Congress during trials, votes, and hearings, about half of Americans believe that journalists should be allowed seats in the Senate and House that give them a full view of the floor (51%). A similar number (48%) believe that congresspeople should be allowed to give journalists interviews and comments before and after trials, votes and hearings. Nearly half of Americans think that journalists should be allowed to bring in laptops or silenced cell phones into the House or Senate to assist them in reporting on these events, as well as cameras to take photos (46% for each).
When asked about their views of some of the figures involved in the impeachment hearings, Americans are equally likely to feel favorably about Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans (47% for each). They are slightly more likely to feel favorably towards print news media (52%) than cable news media (46%) with regards to impeachment.
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About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between January 17-21, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,116 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 464 Democrats, 434 Republicans, and 114 independents. 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 ± 3.3 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 ± 5.2 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.4 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.5 percentage points for independents.
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