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 TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' 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 BoltonObama highlights Biden's tweet from a year ago warning Trump wasn't ready for pandemic Trump's former Homeland Security adviser on COVID-19: 'We could have saved more lives with a different, faster approach' John Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report 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 McConnellSenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Trump looms over Ernst's tough reelection fight in Iowa Democratic senator votes against advancing Amy Coney Barrett nomination while wearing RBG mask 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 RomneyThe Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate MORE (Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Trump autographs pumpkin at Maine campaign event: 'It'll be on eBay tonight' Trump makes rare campaign stops in New England in closing stretch 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.