A new Washington Post-Schar School poll is likely giving House Democrats a reason to smile today. Exactly two weeks after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into the Trump White House, poll results show that a majority of Americans are in favor of the move.
During the week of October 1-6, surveyors questioned 1,007 adults by phone and asked them to weigh-in on the impeachment discussion dominating Washington. More respondents believed that Democrats brought on the inquiry to uphold their constitutional duties (53 percent to 42 percent). Respondents also trusted the party was making a necessary stand against Trump’s actions.
Also, findings show that regardless of Trump’s job approval ratings, public opinion is that the Commander-in-Chief’s abilities to lead are debatable, at best.
On the question of whether or not those polled believed that Trump does or does not uphold adequate standards for ethics in government, 60 percent said he does not, while just 35 percent says he does. When asked if Congress should have begun an impeachment inquiry of Trump, 58 percent said that they should have, while only 38 percent disagreed.
The numbers show a 21 percent response increase from a similar question asked by pollsters in previous months, “Based on what you know, do you think Congress should or should not begin impeachment proceedings that could lead to Trump being removed from office?” In July, that number stood at just 37 percent.
Based on the data collected over the last year, fingers point to the Ukranian controversy and the infamous phone call between Trump and Vlodymyr Zelensky, as the reason many more people are starting to lean in favor of a Trump removal. During the talks, Trump clearly asks Zelensky to look into Joe Biden and son Hunter’s dealings in the Eastern European region. Sixty-two percent of respondents said that the phone call and ask were inappropriate.