A plurality of independent voters don't think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE even though most don't approve of the commander in chief, according to a new poll.
The latest NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday found that 45 percent of independents say Congress should not hold impeachment hearings, compared to 19 percent who believe there's enough evidence to begin impeachment proceedings.
Meanwhile, 34 percent say that Congress should keep investigating to see if there's enough evidence to start impeachment hearings later.
The opposition to impeachment comes despite Trump's low 38 percent approval rating among independents and highlights the political risk for House Democrats in moving toward impeaching the president.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calif.) has been stressing to her troops that they should continue their investigations without rushing to impeachment.
Overall, Americans are split on the question of impeachment. Almost half of Americans — 48 percent — oppose impeachment. But a combined 49 percent said Congress should either begin impeachment hearings now or continue investigating to see if there’s enough evidence to hold them in the future.
The poll was conducted after the release of a redacted version 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 on Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether President Trump obstructed the investigation.
A handful of House Democrats have called for impeachment in the aftermath of the report, but most have sided with Pelosi's strategy of continuing to pursue aggressive investigations.