Poll: 42 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump

Poll: 42 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump

Forty-two percent of Americans think President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE should be impeached and removed from office, according to a new CNN poll.

The survey found that support for impeaching Trump is divided along party lines, with backing from 77 percent of Democrats and just 9 percent of Republicans.

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Overall support for impeaching Trump is at a level similar to the public's view of President Nixon in 1974. CNN notes that support for impeaching Nixon reached 73 percent in March 1974. But that survey, conducted by Harris Poll, took place after many crucial points in the Watergate scandal, including after the Senate Watergate hearings, after the "Saturday Night Massacre" and after it became known that Nixon bugged the Oval Office.

Nixon resigned in August 1974 before any impeachment vote came up.

In addition to 42 percent of Americans supporting the idea of impeaching Trump, 41 percent approve of how 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 is handling the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. That approval level was at 44 percent in May.

Mueller's favorability rating is at 32 percent.

The CNN poll was conducted among a national sample of 1,012 Americans from June 14 to 17. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.