According to a new Fox News Poll, almost half of voters want to remove President Trump from his position. In addition, 6 out of 10 believe the president has asked foreign leaders to investigate political opponents – and two-thirds say action is inappropriate.
Forty-nine percent want Trump to be deposed and removed from office, 4 percent say he must be deposed but not removed, and 41 percent oppose Trump’s removal. That’s about where things were at the beginning of October, when 51 percent said they blame / remove, 4 percent blame / don’t remove and 40 percent were completely against it.
The two-point dip in support for deposition comes from a decrease of 5 points among Republicans, as 8 percent now opts for deposition, compared to 13 percent in early October.
More voters believe that Trump has asked Ukraine to investigate its rivals (60 percent) and that it ceased military aid as a pressure to get what it wanted (52 percent) than to accuse it of doing so (49 percent).
Of those accusing opposition, 57 percent say nothing can change their opinion, while 34 percent say new evidence might support them to support deposition. In general, this means that about a quarter of voters do not support expulsion under any circumstances.
Meanwhile, 55 percent think it is at least somewhat likely that Trump will be deposed, a sharp 38 percent increase in June.
The house largely voted along party lines Thursday to continue with an accusation investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. All but two Democrats supported it, while all Republicans were against it. The survey was conducted prior to the vote in the House (27-30 October).
Trump often calls the investigation a witch hunt. Although 39 percent of voters agree, it calls a “fake attempt” to undermine Trump’s presidency, more than half, 52 percent, believing that the investigation is a legitimate investigation into an important issue.
Opinions are divided as to what should happen if the House finds sufficient evidence to accuse Trump: 43 percent think voters should decide in the elections and 42 percent think lawmakers should immediately accuse and remove him.
With a margin of 46-17 percent, voters say the situation with Ukraine has deteriorated, as opposed to an improvement in their opinion about Trump’s presidency (27 percent no difference). Seventy-five percent of Democrats, 38 percent of independents and 13 percent of Republicans say it has worsened their opinion.
Three in ten Republicans (32 percent) think that Trump has asked Ukraine to delve into its political opponents and 2 in 10 (19 percent) think that it has used military aid to seek it.
In addition, more than half of Republicans (53 percent) say that it is generally good for the president to ask foreign leaders for help to go after his rivals, while slightly more (55 percent) think it is inappropriate for the children of political leaders business transactions in other countries.
Among Democrats, 91 percent think it is inappropriate for the president to ask foreign leaders to investigate political opponents, and 64 percent think it is inappropriate for the children of politicians to do business abroad.
“As long as Republican leaders remain united behind the president, it is unlikely that his overall support will be much lower than 40 percent,” said Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with democratic counterpart Chris Anderson. “A big difference between the deposition procedures of Nixon and Clinton is the behavior of partisan elites. In short, it is only when GOP elites jump off board that Republican voters will follow the example. “
Overall, 42 percent of voters approve of Trump’s performance and 57 percent reject it. That has changed little since the beginning of October, when it was 43-55 percent. In September, before the investigation of allegations began, this was 45-54 percent.
Fully 86 percent of Republicans approve of Trump. He has reached a record high of 89 percent among Republicans during his presidency, and he was elected with 88 percent support in 2016.
The president receives negative reviews on immigration (40 percent approves, 57 percent disapproves), foreign policy (37-56) and health care (35-53). His only positive assessment is on the economy, and that is because of a slim 3-point margin (49-46). In September, Trump’s rating on the economy was positive with 5 points (50-45), and his net rating reached a peak in July 2019 and June 2018 (+11 points).
Forty-seven percent consider the economy to be in excellent or good condition, while 52 percent say the conditions are only fair or poor. That is a net negative with 5 points. For comparison: it was -32 points when Trump was first chosen (33 excellent / good versus 65 only reasonable / bad, December 2016).
Visions of the economy are mainly driven by bias. Republicans alone rate the economy positively (78 percent excellent or good). Three-quarters of the democrats (76 percent) and more than half of the independents (55 percent) say it is in good or bad condition.
Fifty-eight percent of voters are dissatisfied with how things are going in the country, usually unchanged since January.
Congress Democrats do better than their Republican counterparts, although both are in a negative area. More disapprove (51 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the work that Democrats do with 14 points and more disapprove of Republicans with 25 (56-31).
This Fox News Poll was held on 27 and 30 October 2019 under the joint leadership of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R) and includes interviews with 1,040 randomly chosen registered voters across the country who are interviewed by both live and permanent mobile phones spoke. The poll has a sampling margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points for all registered voters.