Poll: 44 percent say Trump should be removed from office

A plurality of voters say that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE should be removed from office following an impeachment trial in the Senate, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll.

The survey found that 44 percent of voters support Trump’s removal, against 40 percent who said the Senate should take no action and 15 percent who said the president should be censured by Congress.

Opinions cut largely along partisan lines. Seventy-three percent of Democrats support removal, while 72 percent of Republicans oppose it. Independents are split down the middle, with 40 percent supporting it and 40 percent opposing it.

“Partisanship drives the answers more than anything else and the outcome was expected,” said Mark PennMark PennThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden leads Trump by 6 points in new poll Biden leads Trump by 6 points as voters sour on pandemic response: poll Poll: Two-thirds of voters say the economy is on the wrong track MORE, co-director for the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll. “The great middle stayed in the middle.”

A majority of voters, 54 percent, said the Senate should call additional witnesses for the trial.

That appears unlikely, as Republicans believe they have enough votes to oppose a motion to consider new witnesses.

Democrats had pushed for additional witnesses, including bringing in former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE, as part of the examination into President Trump's push for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE and his son, Hunter Biden. 

“The public might have supported more witnesses but they would have supported not just John Bolton but the whistleblower and the Bidens as well,” Penn said. “The Democrats would not have been able to limit the witness list.”

About two-thirds of voters said they believe a central accusation at the heart of the impeachment trial — that Trump's push to get the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into Biden and his family amounted to an abuse of power and merits removal from office.

Trump has maintained his talks with Ukraine were legal and part of a push to root out corruption.

Forty percent view the request as an impeachable offense. Thirty percent described it as misconduct but not impeachable, and an additional 30 percent said it’s within the president’s authority.

Voters also say they are tuning in for the impeachment trial. Sixty-seven percent said they’ve followed it somewhat closely or very closely.

The House impeachment managers representing Democrats are viewed favorably by 35 percent of voters, against 39 percent who view them unfavorably. Senate Democrats post a 43 favorable-42 unfavorable split.

Trump’s defense lawyers are underwater at 35 percent favorable and 46 percent unfavorable, and GOP senators post a negative 38 percent-47 percent split.

Chief Justice John Roberts has by far the best favorability rating of anyone, at 45 percent positive and 20 percent negative.

The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey was conducted online within the U.S. among a representative sample of 2,527 registered voters between Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 by the Harris Poll.

Penn is an opinion contributor for The Hill and has advocated against Trump’s impeachment and removal, as well as former president Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTop Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP How Obama just endorsed Trump Trump, Biden signal how ugly the campaign will be MORE's impeachment and removal in the 90s.

Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, marital status, household size, income, employment, education, political party and political ideology where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.