Saturday, 2 November 2019

New poll says Americans are sharply divided over whether to impeach Donald Trump - with 56 per cent of women, 82 per cent of Democrats and just 18 per cent of Republicans wanting him removed from office

A new poll released hours after the House voted on procedures for impeachment finds Americans nearly evenly divided over whether Donald Trump should be removed from office.
A new Washington Post / ABC News poll shows 49 per cent of Americans say Trump should be impeached and removed, with 47 per cent against. Democrats are strongly for it, by 82 to 13 per cent, while Republicans are strongly against, by 82 to 18.
A key group to watch has been independents, who in the poll also were nearly evenly split, with 47 per cent for and 49 per cent against. 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi gavels the vote on the impeachment resolution to a close. A new poll shows voters are nearly evenly split
Speaker Nancy Pelosi gavels the vote on the impeachment resolution to a close. A new poll shows voters are nearly evenly split
The poll comes after House on Thursday voted on procedures to continue their impeachment inquiry and hold public hearings. 
The resolution passed on a near party-line vote, with just two Democrats opposing it. Both the rebels, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson and New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, were elected in 2018 by close margins. Trump carried Peterson's district in 2016 by 30 per cent of the vote.
Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican who became an Independent, voted in favor of the resolution. 
The survey follows weeks of depositions before Democratic-run House committees. Key witnesses in their testimony have confirmed key elements of Trump's infamous July 25 call to the president of Ukraine. In one major development this week, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. 
The impeachment resolution passed on a nearly party-line vote, as polling reflects a divided nation
The impeachment resolution passed on a nearly party-line vote, as polling reflects a divided nation
President Trump spent the morning before the House votes on an impeachment resolution into him tweeting and retweeting words from his supporters
President Trump spent the morning before the House votes on an impeachment resolution into him tweeting and retweeting words from his supporters

He testified Tuesday he was troubled by Trump's July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, and contacted a national security staff lawyer about it. He spoke about efforts to use millions in military funding to get Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit President Trump.
The poll sets a marker as the impeachment inquiry enters a new phase. The House-passed procedure allows House Intelligence Chair Rep. Adam Schiff to hold public hearings, as well as release depositions. Democrats have said they hope public attention on the Ukraine affair will drive up support for impeachment effort. 
Trump has bashed the effort as a witch hunt and said he will refuse to cooperate.  

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