Washington, DC, February 6, 2020 — The latest Reuters/Ipsos survey, conducted after the Senate voted to acquit President Trump, shows that Americans are split on the president’s acquittal (43% support, 41% oppose). Additionally, nearly half of Americans think that the president did something wrong and the Senate is protecting him (48%), and 39% believe the Senate made the right choice in acquitting the president.
However, the poll showed respondent preferences have not significantly changed from before the vote with 40% saying they would vote to convict him on obstructing Congress, 14% would censure him, and 34% would dismiss the charges. When it came to the charge of abusing power – 42% of Americans would vote to convict President Trump, 13% would vote to censure him, 35% would vote to dismiss the charges. Three-quarters of Democrats (77%) say that impeaching Trump was the right thing to do even though it did not result in his removal from office. However, fewer Democrats think it was the right course of action if it lessens the Democrats’ chances to win the White House in November (67%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Thomson Reuters on February 5, 2020 following the vote to acquit President Trump of the impeachment charges against him. For this survey, a sample of 1,006 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 434 Democrats, 404 Republicans, and 106 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 ± 3.5 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 ± 5.4 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.6 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.9 percentage points for independents.
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