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Majority of Americans don’t support impeachment: poll

A majority of Americans say they don’t support impeaching President Trump in light of special counsel Robert Mueller’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.

{mosads}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 Pelosi (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 Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (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.

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