The Post’s poll found nearly half of those polled approved of the inquiry into impeachment and want Trump removed from office, while 6% approve of the proceedings but don’t want him removed and 38% don’t agree with the proceedings to begin with.
Other polls released later on Tuesday afternoon found less support for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.
A Quinnipiac poll,
out later on Tuesday, found slightly lower support for impeachment than the Post. Forty-five percent of those polled said the President should be impeached and removed from office, 49% said he shouldn’t be. Quinnipiac’s poll was among registered voters, rather than all adults, but often question wording makes a big difference, with their poll specifically referencing Trump’s removal from office. More (53%) approve of the House’s formal impeachment inquiry, according to the Quinnipiac poll.
And an NBC/WSJ poll
that was released Tuesday evening found even less support for impeaching and removing Trump — 43% of those polled said they were in favor and 49% said they were against impeachment and removal.
Both Quinnipiac’s and The Washington Post’s polls found growing support for impeachment.
In September of this year, Quinnipiac reported only 37% said Trump should be removed from office, up to 45% now. And in July of this year, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 37% of Americans said Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, the lowest it had been since they began tracking the question in August 2018, when 49% wanted impeachment proceedings to begin. Now, 58% said Congress should have begun the inquiry.
The allegation that Trump held back military aid from Ukraine before his request to Zelensky is seen as a big deal in the Washington Post poll — 58% said this matters “a lot” or “a great deal,” compared to 37% who said it matters “not so much” or “not at all.”
Only 38% of Americans in the NBC/WSJ poll said Trump has been honest and truthful when it comes to the congressional investigation, and 58% said he hasn’t. Similarly, in the Quinnipiac poll, 55% of registered voters reported they believe the President abuses the power of his office. And only 34% of voters approve of how he’s responding to the impeachment inquiry.
Despite an onslaught of negative headlines, Trump’s approval rating has remained steady. In the NBC/WSJ poll, Trump’s approval holds at 43%, the exact same as it was in August. In the Quinnipiac poll, 40% of voters approve of the job he’s doing as president, the same as it was in mid-September, pre-inquiry.
In The Washington Post-Schar School poll, a majority of Americans (61%) said that Democrats in Congress are making a necessary stand against Trump’s actions by beginning impeachment proceedings. Over half (53%) said they’re acting to uphold their constitutional duties. Forty-one percent said this was an overreaction while 55% said it isn’t. Another half of Americans said that Democrats are distracting Congress from more important issues.
Both NBC/WSJ and Quinnipiac’s polls find that around half of people trust the investigation — 51% in NBC/WSJ said it was a serious allegation to be fully investigated, while 51% said it was legitimate in Quinnipiac, only 44% in each who said it was “politically motivated” (NBC/WSJ) or a “political witch hunt” (Quinnipiac).
The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University poll was conducted by telephone between October 1 and 6 among a random national sample of 1,007 adults, 69% of whom were reached on cellphones and 31% on landlines. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; the error margin is larger for results among subgroups.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted by phone October 4-7, surveying 1,483 self-identified registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, including the design effect.
The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted October 4-6 of 800 adults — more than half via cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percent points.
This story has been updated after the release of the Quinnipiac and NBC polls.