Independent support for impeachment inquiry rises following public hearings: poll

Independent support for the impeachment inquiry rose after the public hearings, according to a poll released Tuesday. 

The Politico/Morning Consult poll showed 44 percent of independent voters surveyed backed the impeachment inquiry, a 4-point jump from last week’s poll. Independent opposition to the inquiry also dropped 8 points to 39 percent.

This boost in support comes after polls in recent weeks showed a decline of independent support for the investigation. Polls have repeatedly shown that Democrats and Republicans are standing their ground to back and oppose the inquiry, respectively.

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Overall, registered voters in the poll backed the impeachment inquiry at the same rate as last week, at 48 percent, but opposition to the investigation slipped by 2 points to 43 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,988 registered voters between Nov. 22-24, in the days following the last public hearings in the House. The margin of error is 2 percentage points.

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Current and former Trump officials have testified publicly in front of the House Intelligence Committee on the White House’s relationship with Ukraine.