Support for impeaching, removing Trump at all-time high in CNN poll

Support for impeaching and removing President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE from office has reached an all-time high in a new CNN poll, with more respondents now supporting both steps than opposing them.

Fifty percent said they want Trump to be impeached and removed from office, compared to 43 percent who said they did not feel that way. Seven percent had no opinion.

Almost half — 49 percent — also said Trump wrongly used his position in the White House to try to gain dirt on a political rival.

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Respondents’ stances are largely divided by party, with 87 percent of Democrats supporting impeachment and removal compared to 50 percent of independents and just 6 percent of Republicans. Both sides appear to be entrenched in their views, with most respondents saying they feel strongly about their opinions.

In September, the same poll found that 47 percent of respondents said they were in favor of impeaching the president and removing him from office, while 45 percent opposed the measures. By comparison, 41 percent of respondents supported impeachment and removal in May, while 54 percent opposed it.

In the September poll, about three-quarters of Democrats supported impeachment and removal, as did 46 percent among independents and just 14 percent of Republicans.

Despite the uptick in those pushing for his removal in the new poll, Trump’s approval ratings haven’t seen a significant downswing, CNN noted. His approval rating stands at 41 percent in the latest poll, while his disapproval rating sits at 57 percent — results similar to findings in September and August.

In addition, more respondents than ever — 43 percent — now say Trump didn’t abuse the presidency or are undecided on whether his actions were improper, pollsters found.

An overwhelming majority of Republicans — 86 percent — also said his public statements on his contacts with Ukraine have been mostly true, compared to 83 percent of Democrats saying his statements are mostly false.

The poll released early Tuesday was conducted from Oct. 17 through 20 among 1,003 adults. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.