Majority says they doubt impeachment trial will change their minds: poll

A majority of Americans say that it isn't likely that anything revealed or said during the upcoming impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE would change their minds about whether Trump had committed a crime.

In a poll from The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, three quarters of Americans said that the trial is not likely at all or not very likely to change their views of the president's alleged criminal activity.

Still, 14 percent of Americans said they did not know enough to form an opinion about whether the president should be removed from office, while 45 percent said that Trump should be removed by the Senate and 40 percent said that he should remain in office.


About 10 percent of Republicans now agree that Trump has done something illegal with his interactions with Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelesnky, concerning a potential criminal investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE (D).

Just 54 percent of Republicans say the president has done nothing wrong or illegal, while about a third say the president has committed ethical breaches but not a crime. Eight in 10 Republicans said that the Senate should not remove Trump from office.

About 75 percent of Democrats said that the president had committed a crime by attempting to convince Zelesnky to open an investigation into Biden, a top contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination.

The AP-NORC poll surveyed 1,353 U.S. adults between Jan. 16-21. The margin of error is 3.6 percentage points.