Support for Impeachment Inches Up: 45% Favor ; 42% Opposed

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide now believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. Another 42% disagree and 14% are undecided. The latest ScottRasmussen.com survey is the third consecutive poll to show a slight increase in support for impeachment since Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public statements and formal resignation two weeks ago.

Prior to Mueller’s statement, 41% of voters favored impeachment. The weekend following his statement showed support for impeachment at 43% and  44% with equal numbers opposing. This week’s data, support for impeachment at 45%, appears to confirm a trend showing marginally increased support for removing the president from office.

Still, just 25% believe the president even somewhat likely to be impeached and removed from office. Only 9% think it’s Very Likely.

Mueller is viewed favorably by 38% of voters, down two points from a week ago. Attorney General William Barr is viewed favorably by 25%, down three points.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters now believe the president is guilty of treason, up four points from a week ago. That total now includes 66% of Democrats.  Only 11% of Republicans agree, along with 34% of Independent voters.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans are now opposed to impeachment. That’s down three points from a week ago and eight points from three weeks ago. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats favor it, down up three from last week. Independent voters are more evenly divided with 43% in favor and 40% opposed (see crosstab results). Three weeks ago, just 37% of Independents favored impeachment and 43% were opposed.

Prior to the release of the Special Counsel report a couple of months ago, a plurality of voters consistently believed that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. Following the submission and release of that report, public opinion has swung in the other direction. Until today, a plurality had consistently opposed impeachment.

Three weeks ago, 41% favored impeachment and 45% were opposed. Those results are nearly identical to those from a month ago. In fact, they are essentially unchanged from a survey conducted immediately following release of the redacted report and from a March survey conducted immediately following Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report.

On a related topic, voters are evenly divided as to whether or not the FBI illegally spied on President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted June 9-10, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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