A majority of citizens support the decision of Democratic House of Representatives lawmakers to initiate an investigation that could lead to an impeachment suit against President Donald Trump, according to a poll published today by The Washington Post.
In addition, nearly half of all adults surveyed by the newspaper and the George Mason University School of Politics and Government between October 1 and 6 favor the removal of President Trump.
“The data indicate that public opinion has quickly turned against the president and in favor of impeachment proceedings in recent weeks,” the Post said.
This change has occurred “since information has come out about Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian government officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential rival in the 2020 election campaign,” he added.
The poll found that 58 percent of respondents believe the House of Representatives acted correctly in initiating the investigation, while 38 percent say otherwise.
Out of the 1,007 adults surveyed, 49 percent said Congress should take a more significant step by impeaching and removing the president.
Six percent of respondents supported the beginning of the investigation but not dismissal, the Post said.
Since the Post and ABC conducted a similar poll last July, there has been a reversal of opinion, and congressional support for the investigation has risen 25 percentage points among Democrats, 21 points among Republicans and 20 points among independent voters.
As for the opinion on Trump’s presidential term, respondents had harsher judgments, according to the Post.
Sixty percent of respondents said Trump does not abide by proper ethical standards in government, and only 35 percent said the president meets those standards.