Poll: 70 percent of Dems support impeachment hearings after Mueller report

Poll: 70 percent of Dems support impeachment hearings after Mueller report

A large majority of Democrats support impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s report, though the prospect remains unpopular overall.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Wednesday shows that 70 percent of Democratic respondents supported impeaching Trump in the wake the Mueller report’s findings, compared to only 40 percent of independents and 5 percent of Republicans. About 39 percent of respondents overall support impeaching Trump.

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The poll comes as House Democrats and 2020 presidential candidates grapple with the prospect of attempting to remove the president, which could excite the Democratic base but alienate independents and Trump voters the party hopes to flip next year.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) and others in party leadership have attempted to tamp down on impeachment calls from rank-and-file members, instead highlighting a string of oversight investigations the House is conducting into the White House.

Overall, 48 percent of adults in the survey think Democrats should continue investigating Russia's election interference, while 46 percent think the probes should end.

“There's a political risk in talking about moving ahead with impeachment proceedings,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll, told NPR. “There's not a huge appetite for that going forward.”

Despite the overall opposition to impeachment, a majority of Americans say that Mueller’s probe into Russia's election interference and possible obstruction of justice leaves questions that have yet to be answered. 

About 58 percent of poll respondents said questions still exist, while 33 percent said the probe cleared Trump of any wrongdoing. However, 53 percent of registered voters polled said Mueller’s report is not an important factor when deciding who they will vote for in 2020.

Mueller’s probe did not establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow during Russia’s 2016 efforts to meddle in the presidential election. The special counsel declined to bring charges against the president over obstruction of justice, citing existing Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president cannot be indicted and saying it is Congress’s duty to investigate Trump if it sees fit.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll surveyed 1,017 adults and 840 registered voters from April 24-29 and has margins of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points and plus or minus 4.1 points for those groups respectively.