Support for witnesses in Senate trial at 75 percent: poll

Support for witnesses in Senate trial at 75 percent: poll
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A large majority of voters say the Senate should allow witnesses to testify during President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE's impeachment trial, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University.

Of those surveyed, 75 percent said they think that witnesses should be allowed to testify in the trial. Along party lines, 49 percent of respondents who identified as Republicans said that they thought there should be witness testimony while 95 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents said the same.

The growing call for witnesses from Democrats has hit a fever pitch following a New York Times report on former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonBolton says he would have personally briefed Trump on Russian bounties Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Mark Penn Judge temporarily blocks publication of Mary Trump book MORE's book manuscript in which he says the president told him not to release military aid to Ukraine unless Kyiv investigated his political rivals.


After the bombshell report, some GOP senators seemed to waver on whether to call witnesses and has seemed to thwart Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer HUD Secretary: Congress 'should invest 0B in direct rental assistance' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated House approves .5T green infrastructure plan MORE's (R-Ky.) plan to keep the impeachment trial short.

The impeachment proceedings against Trump are now two weeks in, and some GOP senators such as Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE (Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans MORE (Maine) seem to be warming to the idea of having Bolton testify.

"There may be heated debate among lawmakers about whether witnesses should testify at the impeachment trial of President Trump, but it's a different story outside the Beltway," Quinnipiac University Poll analyst Mary Snow said. "Three-quarters of American voters say witnesses should be allowed to testify, and that includes nearly half of Republican voters."

Despite the overwhelming call for witness testimony, those surveyed remained narrowly divided on the question of whether the Senate should remove Trump from office, with 48 percent saying they should not, and 47 percent say they should.

This was unsurprisingly split heavily along party lines, with 2 percent of Republicans saying the president should be removed and 92 percent of Democrats saying the same. Of those who identified as independents, 44 percent said they thought the president should be removed from office.

Of those surveyed who said they have an opinion on if Trump should be removed, 89 percent said they are firm in their choice — while 10 percent said they could possibly be swayed to change their mind, according to the poll.