Poll: Majority of voters say Trump acted improperly in Ukraine dealings

A majority of voters disapprove of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE’s Ukraine dealings, according to a new nationwide poll released on Wednesday.

The Hill-HarrisX survey, which was conducted after the House voted to impeach Trump over his interactions with Ukraine, found that 58 percent of voters said Trump acted improperly, compared to 42 percent who said he acted properly.

Voters were strongly divided along party lines, with 86 percent of Democrats saying that the president acted improperly compared to only 22 percent of Republicans.

Independents sided with Democrats, with 62 percent disapproving of Trump's actions.

The House voted last month to impeach Trump on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The historic move capped off a months-long investigation that was sparked by a whistleblower’s complaint, alleging that Trump pressured Ukraine to announce politically motivated investigations into his rivals that would have given him a boost in the 2020 election.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE (D-Calif.), however, has not specified a timeline for when she will send the articles over to the upper chamber, saying she wants to see the Senate's rules for Trump's impeachment trial first.

After a week-long stalemate, the Senate is moving forward on Trump’s trial following the precedent set by the 1999 impeachment trial of former President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday, adding that he has enough votes to pass rules without bowing to Democratic demands for witness testimony.

Democratic senators, meanwhile, have grown impatient with the delay of the impeachment articles.

“Time plays an unknown role in all of this, and the longer it goes on, the less the urgency becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, it should come over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over,” said Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCalifornia lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum MORE (Calif.), the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted among 1,001 registered voters between Jan. 3 and 4. It has sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn