A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released Friday found half of New Jersey’s resident backed removing president Donald Trump from office via impeachment.
“Reports of a controversial call between President Trump and the newly elected Ukrainian president are fairly recent,” FDU poll director Krista Jenkins said. “And yet, half of New Jerseyans seem to have heard enough to convince them to support impeachment hearings.”
In late September, the Wall Street Journal reported Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the frontrunners in the race for the Democratic nod to take on Trump in 2020.
The news hasn’t won Trump any support in the Garden State. Only 34% of residents told pollsters they approved of his leadership.
Support for impeachment and approval of the president are clearly split along party lines.
Independents are less polarized. Only 39% favor impeachment, while 32% oppose it, and 24% are undecided.
Their disapproval of the president is a little more solid. Half, 50%, of independents don’t approve of Trump, and only 29% said they approved of how the president was doing.
Despite recent news, Trump’s approval rating remains largely the same as it was last year, when and FDU poll found 33% of the state’s residents approved of the job he was doing. That number was 34% Tuesday.
“The President has a solid core of supporters. Like what other pollsters across find when they ask about President Trump, there’s a group of Trump supporters in New Jersey who remain by his side because they like what they see,” Jenkins said. “Their steadfast loyalty to the president so far keeps New Jersey from turning a darker shade of blue.”