Months after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in September, more than half of voters said that Trump should not be removed from office, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll (pdf).
Fifty-one percent said Trump should not be impeached and removed from office, while 45 percent said that he should be, said the poll released on Thursday.
On Nov. 26, the same pollster found that 48 percent of respondents said Trump should not be impeached while 45 percent said he should be.
“Today’s poll is the first time since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry that more than half of voters say that Trump should not be impeached,” Quinnipiac wrote.
The poll results were released after House Democrats said two articles of impeachment were drafted against Trump, including abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“With Washington in turmoil and House Democrats poised to vote on impeaching the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, American voters signal they are slightly more inclined not to impeach than to impeach,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said in a statement.
Republicans and President Donald Trump’s campaign have highlighted polls showing that some vulnerable House Democrats might lose their seats in 2020 due to the impeachment push.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday suggested that Pelosi could lose her majority in 2020 due to the impeachment push.
“If you’re one of those 31 Democrats, you’re a little afraid with just hearing what Nancy Pelosi just did [in] putting out this timeline for articles of impeachment. She just gave up your job,” McCarthy told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
He noted polls that showed 54 percent of respondents in those districts said they were “more likely to vote against” a member of Congress who supports impeachment. “And they already have,” McCarthy added. “Those 31 Democrats … I think they may be a one-termer,” he said.
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, has highlighted the vulnerability impeachment poses to Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), who, according to a poll, is at a serious risk of losing her seat in 2020.
It pointed to a poll, from Republican pollster Anthony Fabrizio, that found 49 percent of Oklahomans in her district are looking for a new member of Congress. Only 37 percent said she should be reelected.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale wrote on Twitter that Pelosi “is marching members of her caucus off the plank and into the abyss. Impeachment is killing her freshman members and polling proves it.”
He noted that in Horn’s district, a majority disagree with impeachment and want her to focus on improving the country.