Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. That’s up three points since December. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% disagree and 14% are not sure.
Nine percent (9%) think it’s Very Likely that the president will be impeached and removed from office. Another 20% consider it Somewhat Likely.
Data released earlier showed that 50% believe the president is at least somewhat likely to be re-elected.
The survey also found that voters are a bit unclear about the precise definition of impeachment. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe that if a president is impeached, he is removed from office. Technically, that’s incorrect. The House of Representatives can impeach a president. If he is impeached, then the Senate must conduct a trial to determine if he should be removed.
Additionally, 23% believe the House has the authority to impeach the president. But, another 38% believe both the House and Senate must be involved. Either of those answers could be correct. The first, of course, matches the technical description of impeachment. The second, however, embraces the broader understanding of impeaching and removing from office.
Fifty percent (50%) of voters know that two presidents have been impeached (Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson). Neither was removed from office.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 22-23, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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