Dem pollster says Americans are not sold on impeaching Trump

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said on Monday that most Americans are not convinced that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE should be impeached amid a probe into Russia's election interference. 

"They're not quite there on impeachment because this is a process," Murphy, a partner at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"I think that is premature to say, yes, right now he should be impeached, or no, they should not impeach him," she continued. "I think most people are saying, there's smoke here, we don't know if there's fire, but let's let the process work and see what it produces." 

A CNN poll released last week found that 50 percent of respondents do not feel that Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 43 percent said he should be. 

The poll comes as House Democrats prepare to investigate Trump and his administration when they officially take over the majority in the lower chamber next month. 

However, Democrats have also said they will proceed cautiously on the issue of impeachment.

President Trump is facing a slew of investigations, including special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. 

Trump's former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenAuthor of controversial Trump Russia dossier speaks out: 'I stand by the work we did' Trump Organization faces new scrutiny in New York civil probe Michael Cohen: Trump bluffing about another White House bid MORE was sentenced to three years in prison last week for crimes he pleaded guilty to, including bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations he said he committed at Trump's direction when he paid two women to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the president.

— Julia Manchester