Trump job approval steady ahead of impeachment trial: Gallup

Trump job approval steady ahead of impeachment trial: Gallup
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Forty-four percent of Americans approve of the job that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE is doing as commander in chief days before his Senate impeachment trial is set to begin, according to a new Gallup poll.

Trump’s approval rating has remained steady in recent weeks, hovering between 43 percent and 45 percent since late November, according to the survey giant. The president’s approval rating was slightly lower at the start of the impeachment process in the House, which began in late September, hovering between 39 percent and 43 percent.

The impeachment process hasn’t had a significant effect on Trump’s approval rating and he’s enjoying some of the highest of his term as commander in chief, though his job approval ratings still fall below the historical average for other recent presidents.

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According to the Gallup poll, which was taken between Jan. 2 and Jan. 15, 46 percent of Americans want Trump to be convicted and removed from office while 51 percent do not want the Senate to convict him.

The new Gallup poll of 1,014 adults has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

The Democrat-controlled House voted to impeach Trump for abusing his power and obstructing Congress in late December. The Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, is expected to begin the impeachment trial in earnest this week as senators debate and vote on a resolution laying out the rules for the proceedings.

House Democrats filed a lengthy legal brief on Saturday laying out the case for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office over his dealings with Ukraine. The House has charged that Trump abused his powers by asking Ukraine to launch investigations that could benefit him politically and obstructing the congressional inquiry into his dealings with Kyiv.

The president’s lawyers, who accused Democrats of a “brazen and unlawful” attempt to overturn the 2016 election results on Saturday while denying the charges, are due to file their own brief on Monday.