Poll: 17 percent of Republicans support Trump impeachment, removal from office

Seventeen percent of Republican voters support President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE's impeachment and say he should be removed from office, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday.

The figure in the Jan. 8-9 survey marks a 3 percentage point increase from a similar poll conducted in late October.

The overall share of voters who support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office was little changed at 48 percent, up 1 point from the October survey.

The share of Democratic voters who favor impeachment stood at 80 percent, down 1 point from October, while independents who backed impeachment ticked up 1 point to 42 percent.

The latest survey comes as the Senate prepares for Trump’s impeachment trial.

After a weeks-long standoff with Republicans on the rules of the upcoming Senate trial, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (D-Calif.) is expected to send the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — to the upper chamber later this week.

After the articles are sent, a trial is expected to begin almost immediately. But with 67 votes needed for conviction, Trump is all but guaranteed to be acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate.

There is still some debate over whether Trump’s trial will include witness testimony. Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public George Conway group drops ad seeking to remind GOP senators of their 'sworn oaths' ahead of impeachment trial GOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles MORE (R-Ky.) has made it clear that he would prefer no witness, Democrats need just four Republicans to agree to call witnesses such as former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonGOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles Trump Jr.: If 'weaker' Republicans only call for certain witnesses, 'they don't deserve to be in office' House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE.

The Hill-HarrisX survey polled 1,002 registered voters nationwide and has a margin or error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The margin of error is 5.4 points among GOP voters, 4.9 points among Democratic voters and 6.3 points among independents.

 —Tess Bonn