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Trump approvals remain lackluster

Monmouth poll shows uptick in support for impeachment

By Nikita Biryukov, March 06 2019 1:47 pm

President Donald Trump’s national approval rating remains lackluster, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday that found 44% of Americans approve of the job Trump’s doing while 51% disapprove.

Trump’s approvals have changed little over the previous months, but support for impeachment has inched up since November.

“The president’s job approval rating hasn’t budged all that much as both sides of the partisan divide continue to dig in. But the fact that more independents are starting to question Trump’s fitness for office could be a sign of trouble, if not for impeachment itself than for his re-election prospects in 2020,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

A majority, 54%, believe that Trump should not be impeached, while 42% told Monmouth pollsters that Congress should begin proceedings to remove the president from office. In November, only 36% supported impeachment, while 59% opposed it.

This month’s number are similar to the results of a Monmouth poll conducted in July 2017. At that time, 41% backed impeachment and 53% opposed it.

A majority, 53%, also said the special counsel’s investigation into coordination between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia should continue. A smaller 43% believed the investigation should end.

Those results have been more or less steady since last April, when 54% said the investigation should continue and 43% said it should end.

All of the responses remain split along party lines, but a growing number of respondents, 15%, said they were unsure about whether Trump personally asked others to mislead Congress and other investigators conducting probes on Russian electoral interference and his business dealings.

In January, 8% said they were unsure. The gains there come mainly from respondents who previously said they did not believe Trump directed others to mislead investigators. In January, 42% said they did not believe Trump gave any such commands. That number fell to 36% in Wednesday’s poll.

The number who believed Trump directed others to mislead authorities fell slightly, from 50% in January to 48% Wednesday, but largely remained level.

“There doesn’t seem to be much in the [Michael] Cohen testimony that raised new questions for the vast majority of Americans. But this small shift toward expressing no opinion could indicate a crack as doubts emerge among some Trump defenders,” Murray said. “It could also revert back to support for the president as future news cycles turn our attention elsewhere.”

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