Most Americans think the way to remove Trump from office is the ballot box: poll

Most Americans think the way to remove Trump from office is the ballot box: poll
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Most Americans think the most logical way to remove 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 from the White House is through the ballot box, according to a poll released Tuesday

The Monmouth University Poll survey found that 59 percent of respondents said it would “make[] more sense” to wait until the 2020 election to vote Trump out of office rather than go through the impeachment proceedings. More than one-third of the respondents, 34 percent, disagreed with that statement.

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A total of 39 percent of participants who support removing Trump from office say the 2020 election is the best way to do that. 

“Even many who would like to impeach Trump seem to feel that beating him at the polls in 2020 is actually a better strategy for ousting him from office,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in the poll's press release.

Most respondents, 71 percent, also thought it was unlikely the Senate would vote to remove Trump. Out of those who supported impeachment, 39 percent thought the Senate would decide Trump would need to leave office.

The poll comes at a time when lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to gauge the public’s view on impeachment. Polls have indicated increasing independent and Democratic support for impeachment, as Republicans stand their ground in defense of the president.  

GOP lawmakers have argued that the impeachment of the president would bypass the wishes of the American public, and that House Democrats should just wait a year until the next election to see what voters want.