Voters oppose impeachment at this point: Poll

May 1, 2019 GMT

Most Americans still have questions about President Trump’s behavior in the wake of the special counsel’s report, they’re divided on whether Congress should pick up the investigation but majority opposes impeachment.

The conflicted feelings were revealed in a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, released Wednesday as Attorney General William P. Barr was testifying to Congress about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“At this point, a majority of Americans (53%) do not think Congress should impeach President Donald Trump based on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report,” the poll concluded.


Another 39% did want Congress to move forward with impeachment hearings.

Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to impeachment, 91% to 5% in favor. Among Democrats, 70% favor impeachment but 23% do not. Independents lean against impeachment, 51% to 40%.

There is a gender gap, which shows up particularly among independents, where women do want to see impeachment proceedings, but a slim majority, and men are strongly opposed.

Give a specific choice between impeachment, more investigations, a censure or letting matters drop, a plurality of 42% of those surveyed said to let it go. The next highest was more investigation, at 33%. Just 16% said to start impeachment and only 5% said a censure is warranted now.

Impeachment is also nearly a wash when it comes to swaying support for or against a member of Congress. Some 38% of those surveyed said they’d “definitely” vote for someone who backed impeachment, while 42% said they’d be sure to vote against an impeachment advocate.