Newly released national polls show that public opinion is rapidly shifting in favor of Democrats on impeachment. About half the nation now supports a House inquiry into President Trump after revelations he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
The latest NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll found 49 percent approval for impeachment, against 46 percent who said they disapprove. That’s a 10-point jump in favor of impeachment over the same survey from April, around the time that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference was released.
A Politico-Morning Consult survey found a similar bounce in a short period of time, with support for impeachment spiking 7 points in the week since the Ukrainian revelations came to light, although only 36 percent in that poll said they support impeachment, compared to 49 percent who said they oppose.
The latest Hill-Harris X survey found support for impeachment rising 12 points to 47 percent, against 42 percent who oppose.
And a Harvard CAPS-Harris survey released on Thursday shortly before the release of a whistleblower complaint confirmed the upward trend toward impeachment.
That survey found the public split at 50-50 on whether Trump should be impeached for “pressuring” the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden’s dealings in the country, including 52 percent of independents. The same poll conducted in July, around the time of Mueller’s testimony to Congress, found only 40 percent of voters overall and 24 percent of independents backing impeachment.
“The poll shows that the public has serious concern over the Trump actions,” said Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll.
“These are generally higher numbers than during the Mueller investigation and most consider his actions inappropriate, even if not impeachable,” he said.
Suburban voters are evenly divided, with 48 percent saying they approve and 49 percent saying they disapprove.
Democrats have been hoping to pick up new House seats in suburban districts, where women appear to be turning against the president and fast-changing demographic trends have turned once reliably Republican districts a deeper shade of purple.