Poll: Majority of Americans says Trump should not be impeached

Poll: Majority of Americans says Trump should not be impeached

A majority of respondents said they believe that President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE should not be impeached, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that 59 percent of voters surveyed said Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, while 35 percent said Congress should do so. The remaining 6 percent of Americans said they don't know if Trump should be impeached, according to the poll.

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The poll also showed that voters are split along partisan lines on whether Trump deserves to be impeached. Two-thirds of Democratic respondents said Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, compared to just 6 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of independents.

Younger voters were more likely to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, with the poll finding support on that issue from 42 percent of respondents between ages 18 and 34.

Meanwhile, 38 percent of respondents between ages 35 and 49 as well as 36 percent between ages 50 and 64 said Congress should start the impeachment process. Just 29 percent of voters older than 65 said they think impeach proceedings should begin.

Some Democrats in Congress, such as Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibScaramucci calls Trump tweets 'racist and unacceptable' House Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Black Caucus leader calls Trump's attacks on minority lawmakers 'despicable' MORE (D-Mich.) and Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting House Democrats introduce resolution condemning Trump for 'racist' comments Ted Cruz blasts Tennessee GOP governor for declaration honoring early KKK leader MORE (D-Tenn.), have voiced support for Trump's impeachment. Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer has also called for Trump to be impeached.

But members of the party's leadership in Congress have worked to downplay impeachment talk, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) saying last week that impeachment is a "divisive" issue.

The poll's results are based on interviews with 1,120 voters from March 1 to March 4. The survey has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.