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

Seventeen percent of Republican voters support President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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 PelosiTrump says he opposes mail-in voting for November On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans The bipartisan neutering of the Congressional Budget Office 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 McConnellOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans 13 things to know for today about coronavirus 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 BoltonChina sees chance to expand global influence amid pandemic Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office 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