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More than half NJ residents back impeachment inquiry

Quarter of Republicans call whistleblower complaint serious

By Nikita Biryukov, October 10 2019 11:40 am

Slightly more than half of the state’s residents support an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a Stockton University poll found.

According to the poll released Thursday, 52% said they backed the inquiry, while 40% opposed the same.

Most residents said the claims ought to be investigated, with 46% saying Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a very serious problem and 16% calling it a somewhat serious one.

But, there is a silver lining for Trump. His so far baseless accusation that former Vice President Joe Biden acted improperly when he tried to have Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin removed from office has hurt Biden.

Close to a quarter, 24%, said Biden’s past actions were very serious, while 23% called his actions somewhat serious.

Shokin at one point investigated a company on whose board sat Biden’s son, though that investigation went dormant months before the elder Biden spoke out against Shokin. No evidence exists to show that either Biden did anything wrong.

While the results largely follow the expected hyper-partisan trend when broken out along party lines, some Republicans are concerned about the whistleblower complaint against the president.

Almost a quarter, 24%, of Republicans said the whistleblower’s claims were a somewhat or very serious problem.

Trump’s approvals in the state continue to lag. In Thursday’s poll, only 36% had a favorable view of the president. That’s 20 points less than the 56% that viewed him unfavorably.

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