Poll: 45 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump

Public support for impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE and removing him from the White House has experienced significant gains, according to a new USA TODAY-Ipsos Poll

The survey, which was released Thursday morning, found that 45 percent of Americans support a vote by the House to impeach the president while 38 percent said they don't think the House should vote on impeachment. 

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The figures represent a significant shift in public opinion when compared to a previous USA TODAY-Ipsos poll on impeachment from June. In that survey, 61 percent of respondents said they did not believe the House should consider impeaching Trump, while just 32 percent said the lower chamber should consider the move. 

“Our latest USA Today/Ipsos poll shows that public support for impeachment continues to build with a plurality – 45% – saying the U.S. House should vote to impeach,” Cliff Young, president of Ipsos Public Affairs, said. “Most importantly, an overwhelming majority of Americans say that a president is subject to laws like any citizen. Public opinion might be tolerant but there are limits."

In addition to impeachment, 44 percent of respondents said the Senate, which would be charged with holding a formal impeachment trial if the House approved articles of impeachment, should convict and remove Trump from office. Thirty-five percent said that the Senate should not convict Trump. 

The survey comes as Trump faces escalating scrutiny over a whistleblower complaint that accuses him of a broad effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren MORE and his son. Revelations about his conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 MORE (D-Calif.) to announce a formal impeachment inquiry of Trump last week. 

Opinions about impeachment split heavily along partisan lines. While 74 percent of Democrats are in favor of a House impeachment vote, just 17 percent of Republicans said they felt the same. Support for impeachment among independents is split, with 37 percent favoring it and 37 percent opposing it. 

Fifty-two percent of Americans said that Trump calling on Ukraine to investigate the Biden family would amount to an abuse of power, including 30 percent of Republicans. 

The House voting to impeach Trump has appeared to become more attractive for Americans, a number of polls have shown in recent weeks. For example, a CNN survey released on Monday found that 47 percent of respondents support impeaching Trump and removing him from office.