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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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 TlaibAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ethics panel extends probe into Tlaib, says she likely misused campaign funds Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE (D-Mich.) and Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Boeing CEO gives up bonus over 737 Max crashes Democrat says he voted to recognize Armenian genocide because 'Turkey doesn't seem to respect' US 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 PelosiLouisiana governor wins re-election Dynamic scoring: Forward-thinking budgeting practices to grow our economy Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' 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.