Fewer Americans following impeachment inquiry, poll shows

Fewer Americans are closely following the impeachment inquiry compared to just a few weeks ago, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

The nationwide survey, published Friday, showed interest in the probe has fallen to 62 percent, from 70 percent in a Nov 1-2 poll. The decline is a worrisome sign for Democrats, who have been concerned that "impeachment fatigue" would set in the longer the process is drawn out.

Interest dropped among Republicans, Democrats and independents alike, the polling showed.

Seventy-one percent of Democrats said they are following the impeachment inquiry, compared with 78 percent in early November. The number of GOP voters who said the same plummeted 10 points to 60 percent.

Interest among independent voters dropped 8 points to 54 percent.

The survey results come a day after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' MORE (D-Calif.) said the House was moving forward with articles of impeachment for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE over his dealings with Ukraine.

During televised remarks, Pelosi said the president left Democrats “no choice” but to pursue impeachment.

“The facts are uncontested: The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security,” she said.

House Democrats are expected to vote on articles of impeachment as early as this month.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

The impeachment inquiry began in late September after a whistleblower complaint alleged that Trump pressured Ukraine to open politically motivated investigations that would benefit him in 2020.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly lashed out at Democrats over the inquiry.

"Democrats’ sham impeachment is a blatant, purely partisan attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election," White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump's spokeswoman slams 'inappropriate and insensitive comments' about Barron Trump Melania Trump is 'behind-the-scenes' but 'unbelievably influential': book East Wing rips book saying Melania Trump renegotiated prenup before moving to White House MORE said in a statement Thursday.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online among 1,001 registered voters between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn