As pointed out by Paul Bedard, the latest Gallup survey has found that impeachment is “increasing public approval” for President Trump.
The poll, taken after the House vote on impeachment and before the Senate trial, found the president’s approval ratings were “among the highest of his presidency.”
“As the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins, 44% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president. Trump’s approval rating has been steady in the past three polls — between 43% and 45% — slightly above the 39% to 41% ratings he received as the impeachment inquiry started in the fall,” writes Gallup.
A majority of those polled also do not wish to see the President convicted and removed from office.
Forty-six percent of respondents wish to see the president removed, while 51 percent are in favor of keeping him in office.
When broken down by party affiliation, “Ninety-three percent of Republicans are opposed to convicting Trump and 84% of Democrats favor doing so. Independents are evenly divided, with 49% in favor and 46% opposed,” found Gallup.
“As was the case for Clinton, the impeachment of Trump has not had a noticeably negative effect on his popular support. In fact, for both presidents, impeachment had the opposite effect of increasing their public approval,” writes the polling firm.
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