A record number of respondents in a newly released Fox News Poll said they want President Trump removed from office as support for impeachment reaches the highest level since the House has opened an impeachment inquiry on the president after a whistleblower report revealed Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
The poll, released Wednesday afternoon, found 51 percent of respondents supported Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Only four percent of participants said the president should be impeached but not removed, and 40 percent are completely against impeachment.
Support for impeachment and removal has risen 9 points since July, increasing 11 points among Democrats, 5 points among Republicans and 3 among independents.
The survey shows that some demographics that typically back the president also had increased support for impeachment, with a 5-point increase among white evangelical Christians, an 8-point increase among white men without a college degree and a 10-point increase among rural whites.
Among the 40 percent against impeachment, respondents cited as reasons: 21 percent thought Trump did nothing wrong, 20 percent said the inquiry is politically motivated and 15 percent didn’t believe the allegations.
A total of 66 percent of respondents said it was not appropriate for Trump to ask foreign leaders to investigate political rivals, compared to 25 percent who said it is appropriate.
Forty-three percent say the Ukraine call was impeachable, while 27 percent say it was inappropriate but not impeachable.
The Fox News poll surveyed 1,003 registered voters between October 6 and 8 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Polls have been showing growing support in public opinion for impeachment.