Poll: Fewer voters say Trump's first term will end with impeachment
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Fewer voters believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE will be impeached before the end of his first term, a poll released Tuesday found.

Rasmussen, a conservative-leaning poll, asked likely voters in a recent survey whether they felt Trump was most likely to be impeached before completing his first term, reelected in 2020, or defeated by a Democratic nominee.

Twenty-one percent of likely voters said they believe Trump will be impeached. That number is down from 25 percent in May and from 29 percent last December.


Another 30 percent of voters said they think Trump will lose to a Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential election, and 39 percent responded that they believe Trump will win reelection.

The Rasmussen poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters from Aug. 22 to 23 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

The first day of polling coincided with the day that a former Trump associate pleaded guilty to fraud charges while another was found guilty by a jury, raising calls from some Democrats to reconsider impeachment charges.

On Aug. 22, Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to felony charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. He told the court that he violated campaign finance law at the direction of a candidate for federal office, implicating Trump, although he did not directly name the president.

On the same day, former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortBannon trial date set in alleged border wall scam Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention Ukraine language in GOP platform underscores Trump tensions MORE was convicted on eight counts of bank fraud and tax fraud. The judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Democratic leaders have largely downplayed impeachment proceedings, saying they are not a priority ahead of this year's midterm elections. House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (D-Calif.) maintained that position in the aftermath of the Cohen and Manafort proceedings. But many Democratic lawmakers and progressive allies are pushing impeachment.

Trump and other Republicans have used the specter of impeachment to encourage voters to turn out in November. The president told supporters in April that Republicans need to retain control of the House to stave off impeachment proceedings.