Half of registered voters and a majority of independents think the Senate should convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial and remove him from office, according to a Fox News poll released Sunday.
Trump was impeached in the House last month on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from allegations that he leveraged military aid to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations for his own political benefit. Trump has denied acting improperly, and his legal team has accused Democrats of trying to subvert the will of the voters.
Fifty percent told Fox News that Trump should be convicted and removed, and 44% said he should not. Registered voters’ impeachment opinions largely fell along party lines, with 81% of Democrats favoring the president’s removal and 84% of Republicans opposing it. Independents said Trump should be removed by a nearly 20-point margin, with 53% in favor of conviction and 34% opposed.
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The poll was conducted Jan. 19-22, which was after the Senate trial technically had begun but before the House impeachment managers and the president’s legal team were able to make their cases.
Democrats have argued that the Senate should subpoena additional witnesses and documents before rendering its verdict. But 48% of voters said the Senate already has all the information it needs, while 44% said it should hear from additional witnesses.
The results of the impeachment question are little changed from other Fox News polls released since the Ukraine allegations surfaced in September. A survey from the cable news network Dec. 8-11, which was before the House voted to impeach Trump, found 50% thought he should be removed and 46% did not.
Though voters said the economy is doing well and many gave the president credit for that success, there was little other positive news for Trump in the poll, which also found him losing to every leading Democratic presidential hopeful in a hypothetical general election matchup.
Here’s a look at some of the other poll results:
Fox News poll on the economy
A 56% majority approved of the president’s handling of the economy, while only 38% disapproved. Twenty percent rated the economy as “excellent” – a number that never topped 3% during President Barack Obama’s time in office – and an additional 35% rated it “good.” And just 14% rated the economy “poor” (that number never got lower than 23% in the Obama era).
Forty-two percent of voters said Trump was the “most responsible” for the current economy, while 9% said Obama and 7% said big business.
Despite the general positive takes on the economy, 55% of voters said it did not give everyone a “fair” shot.
The economy, however, was the only issue in the survey where more voters approved than disapproved of the job Trump was doing. On guns, immigration, foreign policy, health care, government spending, race relations and the environment, a majority disapproved of Trump’s performance.
Fox News poll on the election
Voters are geared up for the election, with 55% saying they are “extremely” interested in it and 27% saying they are “very” interested. At this point in 2012 during Obama’s reelection campaign, those numbers were 32% and 34%, respectively.
In the Democratic primary, the poll found former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead nationally had slipped from a 7 percentage point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to a 3 point lead, 26%-23%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was third at 14%, followed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 10%, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7%, entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 5% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota tied with billionaire Tom Steyer at 3%.
In every hypothetical matchup presented in the survey, voters preferred the Democratic candidate by various margins. Here is the breakdown:
- Biden 50%, Trump 41%
- Sanders 48%, Trump 42%
- Warren 47%, Trump 42%
- Buttigieg 45%, Trump 41%
- Bloomberg 49%, Trump 41%
- Klobuchar 43%, Trump 42%
Fox News poll on foreign policy
Though 47% of voters thought Trump did the right thing by ordering the drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, compared with 37% who thought it was the wrong move, 48% said the action had made the U.S. “less safe,” while 27% said it made the U.S. “safer.”
Sixty-one percent said Trump should get Congress to consent before taking military action, while 23% said he should not.
Overall, more voters thought Trump had made American weaker (47%) than stronger (42%) during his time in office.
The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.