New poll: More Amer­i­cans sup­port Trump im­peach­ment than op­pose it

Metro USA (New York) - - News - ERIN TIER­NAN

More Amer­i­cans sup­port im­peach­ing Pres­i­dent Donald Trump than don’t, a new poll shows.

Al­most half of Amer­i­cans — 48 per­cent — want to im­peach Trump while 41 per­cent re­main op­posed, a Pub­lic Policy Polling sur­veyshows. Just 43 per­cent of vot­ers be­lieve Trump will fin­ish a full term in of­fice.

The poll, funded by a Demo­cratic polling agency, sug­gested vot­ers are hav­ing buyer’s re­morse about the out­come of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion — 49 per­cent said they wish Hil­lary Clin­ton was in the White House in­stead of Trump, com­pared to 41 per­cent who dis­agree with that sen­ti­ment.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has weath­ered more than its share of con­tro­ver­sies af­ter just four months in of­fice. Amer­i­cans are not happy with Trump’s fir­ing of FBI Direc­tor James Comey or re­ports that Trump di­vulged highly classified in­tel­li­gence to Rus­sian of­fi­cials, and it’s all be­gin­ning to weigh on the pres­i­dent’s cred­i­bil­ity.

Fol­low­ing con­flict­ing in­for­ma­tion from the White House fol­low­ing Comey’s fir­ing last week, Trump tweeted it was un­rea­son­able to ex­pect his press staff to al­ways tell the truth, but 77 per­cent of vot­ers say they do ex­pect the pres­i­dent’s press sec­re­taries to tell the truth all the time, com­pared to only 14 per­cent who say that isn’t their ex­pec­ta­tion.

At this point, a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans — 51 per­cent — out­right say they think Trump is a liar, and just 38 per­cent of vot­ers said they con­sider Trump to be hon­est.

Trump’s re­fusal to re­lease his tax re­turns is caus­ing a ma­jor trust is­sue for vot­ers — 62 per­cent think he needs to re­lease them while just 29 per­cent be­lieve it’s not nec­es­sary.

Health­care has been an­other ob­sta­cle to Trump’s and Repub­li­cans’ fa­vor­a­bil­ity. Just 25 per­cent of Amer­i­cans sup­port the Amer­i­can Health Care Act, while 52 per­cent are op­posed.

“House Repub­li­cans passed a health­care bill that doesn’t even have ma­jor­ity sup­port within their own party,” Dean Deb­nam, pres­i­dent of Pub­lic Policy Polling, said in a state­ment. “The main thing the bill seems to have done is get Democrats even more fired up for 2018 than they were al­ready.”

Trump has suf­fered from con­sis­tently low ap­proval rat­ings since tak­ing of­fice, never edg­ing much above 40 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to Gallup. Trump has the low­est ap­proval of any new pres­i­dent since 1953.

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Trump has the low­est ap­proval rat­ing of any pres­i­dent since 1953.

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