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 TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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 TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mich.) and Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing Trump probes threaten to overshadow Democrats' agenda 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 PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul 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.