Poll: 21 percent of GOP voters would prefer Pence as president

Two in 10 Republican voters say they would rather see Vice President Pence as the commander in chief, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

The nationwide survey, released Wednesday, found that 79 percent of GOP voters favored President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE in the Oval Office, while 21 percent said they would prefer Pence.

Among Democratic voters, it was the exact opposite: 79 percent of Democrats said they would prefer Pence as president, compared to 21 percent who went with Trump.

Independents, meanwhile, were split over the issue, with 47 percent choosing Pence and 53 percent favoring Trump.

The survey comes as the battle over the impeachment inquiry heats up in Washington.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said Senate Republicans won't impeach Trump over his communications with Ukraine because they didn’t warrant an impeachable offense.

"They're about to destroy the nation for no good reason," Graham told Fox News, referring to House Democrats and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Raise the debt limit while starting to fix the budget   'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement MORE (D-Calif.).

"And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript," he added.

House Democrats have centered their impeachment inquiry on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to notes of the call released by the White House, Trump attempted to withhold aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

The White House, meanwhile, has maintained that it would not cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry, accusing Democrats of making “legally unsupported demands” and violating the Constitution.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,000 registered voters Oct. 6-7. The margin of error for the full sampling is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn