Poll: 54 percent say House should cancel recess, start impeachment proceedings quickly

Slightly more than half of voters say the House should cancel its current two-week recess and begin impeachment proceedings as soon as possible, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday.

The survey found that 54 percent of respondents said they would support lawmakers returning to Washington now to advance the impeachment inquiry, compared to 46 percent who disagreed.

Support for canceling the break was strongest among Democratic voters, at 77 percent.

Among GOP respondents, 36 percent said the House should cancel its recess, with 45 percent of independent voters agreeing.

The margin of error for partisan voters was plus or minus 5.8 percentage points.

Several Democrats last week called on House leadership to cancel the recess and proceed with the impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaSanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill MORE (D-Calif.) said in a video posted to social media that lawmakers need “to stay in Washington to work for the American people,” adding that “we need to do the work to hold this president accountable.”

Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates echoed that sentiment.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and former Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro have both said Congress needs to begin impeachment proceedings right away.

However, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (D-Md.) has made it clear that there are no plans to cancel the recess, saying the break provides a chance for lawmakers to discuss the issue with their constituents.

"I do not expect to cancel the break," Hoyer said on Wednesday. “This is a matter of grave importance, and the American people need to understand what is occurring."

Lawmakers, meanwhile, are slated to return to Washington the week of Oct. 14.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted among 1,000 registered voters from Sept. 28-29. The overall poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn