Majority of Americans don't support impeachment: poll

A majority of Americans say they don’t support impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE in light of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s probe into possible Russian collusion and whether the White House obstructed subsequent investigations, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

About 37 percent of Americans polled favored starting impeachment proceedings in Congress, a slight drop from last month, while 56 percent oppose efforts to oust the president.

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The results fell largely along partisan lines, with 62 percent of Democratic respondents supporting impeachment while 87 percent of Republican respondents said they opposed the prospect. About 59 percent of independents said they opposed impeachment, an increase from the poll’s results in January that highlights the potential danger Democrats face if they begin impeachment proceedings.

The poll comes as House Democrats wrestle with how to respond to Mueller’s findings, which did not exonerate Trump over allegations of obstruction of justice and cited 10 “episodes” of possible obstructive behavior. Mueller decided there was not enough evidence of coordination between Trump campaign officials and Russia to bring charges related to collusion.

Though Mueller received the support of a majority (51 percent) of respondents who said his probe was “fair and even-handed,” his report drew divided reactions from the public. 

About 53 percent of those polled said the report did not clear the president, 47 percent said Trump tried to obstruct Mueller’s probe and 58 percent said they believed that Trump lied about matters that were under investigation, a majority (58 percent) said Mueller’s findings did not change their opinion of the president and a plurality (46 percent) said the report will not play a factor in their decision in whether to support Trump in 2020.

Trump’s approval rating in the new poll sits at 39 percent, a statistically marginal nudge from the 37 percent support he garnered in January.

While Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) and party leadership have sought to quiet talk of impeachment, instead opting to emphasize ongoing investigations run by several House committees, calls for removing Trump persist from progressive members of the House and presidential contenders Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (D-Calif.). 

House Democrats have sought to prop up investigative efforts, requesting a litany of documents and calling on a slew of current and former White House officials to testify, though the White House has vowed to fight subpoenas related to the probes. 

The Post/ABC poll surveyed 1,001 adults from April 22-25 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.