Public Polling on Impeachment and Ukraine

Americans support removing Trump from office, and agree with the charges Trump is facing at trial.

  • 51% of Americans say the Senate trial should remove Trump from office. 
  • A majority of Americans agree with the charges Trump is facing at trial:
    • 58% say Trump abused the power of the presidency to obtain an improper personal political benefit, and 57% say it is true that he obstructed the House of Representatives in its impeachment inquiry.
  • Increasing numbers of Americans say Trump has done something wrong in his interactions with Ukraine, a total of 74%, up seven points since October.
    • In that three month period, the percentage of Republicans who say the president did nothing wrong decreased by 10 percentage points. 

An overwhelming majority of Americans support a fair trial with witnesses.

  • 72% of the public — including 69% of Republicans — believes the trial should allow witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the charges to testify.  
  • 70% of the public said senators should “act as impartial jurors” during the trial.

A majority of voters believe abuse of power and asking a foreign leader for help in defeating an opponent are good enough reasons to impeach the president. 

  • Nearly three quarters of voters (74%) believe that Trump should be removed from office if he abused the powers of the presidency. 
  • A majority (56%) of voters think Trump’s goal in his handling of matters with Ukraine has been to help his own re-election, regardless of the impact on U.S. interests.
  • 70% of voters think it is unacceptable for a president to ask a foreign country’s leader to help investigate a potential political opponent.
  • 58% of voters believe that attempting to cover up information about the administration’s actions with Ukraine is an impeachable offense.
  • Asked more specifically, 55% support impeachment if Trump suspended aid to incentivize Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, including 32% of Republicans.
  • Generally, 54% of voters think Trump abuses the power of his office, including 53% of Independents.



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