Nearly Half of American Voters Want Trump Impeached, Poll Says
And even more disapprove of the job he's done so far.
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Over Trump's last month in office, the government has lost an FBI director, gained a controversial new healthcare bill, and left many people wondering whether or not the current administration can be trusted to handle highly classified intelligence. Perhaps those are just some of the reasons that a majority of American voters say they want Trump impeached, according to a new poll.
The poll, released Tuesday from Public Policy Polling, surveyed 692 registered voters from around the country between May 12–14—right after former FBI director James Comey's abrupt dismissal—and asked about their approval of Trump's job so far and how long they think he'll last in the Oval Office. It found that 48 percent of American voters think Trump should be impeached, while 41 percent disagree.
Even more voters—54 percent—disapprove of the job Trump's done, while only 40 percent approve. Those numbers are slightly higher than a Quinnipiac University poll released last Wednesday that clocked Trump's approval rating at just 36 percent. According to Gallup, Trump's 36 percent approval rating is a record low for any president since the poll began in 1953.
"There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University Poll's assistant director, said. "Deepening concerns about Trump's honesty, intelligence, and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can't brush away."
The participants in the Public Policy poll were surveyed before the Washington Post revealed Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified intelligence during a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week. While revealing sensitive intelligence to another foreign nation may be incredibly careless, it's not illegal to do so as president, so impeachment on those grounds is still a long shot.
Still, with a scandal embroiling Trump and his administration seemingly every week, voters aren't confident he'll be in office for a full term—45 percent polled said he wouldn't last four years.