Large majority says they are aware of impeachment articles being sent to Senate

A large majority of voters say they are aware of the House “seen, read or heard” about the impeachment articles being sent to the Senate, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released on Wednesday.

Eighty-four percent of those surveyed said they were aware that the Democrat-led House sent two articles of impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate. Another 16 percent said they had not heard about the transmission of the impeachment articles, which include abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Republicans were slightly more likely to have heard about the impeachment articles: 89 percent of Republicans said they the news was on their radar, compared to 85 of Democrats and 78 of independents.

The survey comes as Senate leaders continue with the second day of Trump’s impeachment trial.

House Democrats seeking Trump’s removal from office have begin their oral arguments to make the case that Trump abused his power by withholding military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country’s leaders to open investigations into his rivals that would benefit him in the 2020 election.

Much of the early part of the Senate trial, however, has been centered on the fight over the rules of the trial.

Republicans forced through a resolution establishing the procedures for Trump’s trial early Wednesday, following hours of heated debate, stopping Democratic-led efforts to include a deal for additional witnesses and documents related to Ukraine from the onset of the trial. 

The question of whether to call witnesses will be left to the end of the first phase of the impeachment trial and it will require a simple majority for consensus.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted among 1,001 registered voters nationwide. It has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn