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Democrats losing independents on Trump impeachment: poll

A plurality of independent voters don't think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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.
 
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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.  
 
 
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) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting 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.