Poll shows Utahns are evenly divided on impeachment

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Utahns remain deeply divided on whether President Donald Trump should be impeached by Congress according to a new survey.

The Utah Political Trends poll from UtahPolicy.com and Y2 Analytics finds 47% of Utahns think Congress should not impeach President Trump, while 43% say the president should be removed from office. 10% did not have an opinion on the question.

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The House is scheduled to vote on two articles of impeachment later this week. The House Judiciary Committee has accused Trump of abusing his power by soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election to improve his chances of winning next year. Trump is also charged with obstructing Congress’ efforts to investigate. The impeachment report released on Monday also claimed Trump committed several federal crimes including wire fraud.

Utahns are also evenly divided over whether they approve of the current impeachment inquiry. 50% say they either strongly or somewhat approve of the current impeachment inquiry, while 47% say they either strongly or somewhat disapprove. Those numbers include 42% who strongly approve of the impeachment inquiry and 40% who strongly disapprove.

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Utahns are seemingly dug in with their opinions about impeachment. An October Utah Political Trends survey found 47% of Utahns believed Congress should not hold impeachment hearings against President Trump, while 53% said either there was enough evidence to impeach him or that Congress should continue investigating. 

As you might imagine, there’s a sharp partisan divide among Utahns over whether Trump should be impeached or not. Utah Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor of impeaching and removing Trump, while a majority of Republicans are opposed. Independents have split down the middle.

  • 98% of “strong” Democrats, 84% of moderate Democrats and 89% of independents who lean Democratic say President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.
  • 92% of “strong” Republicans, 60% of moderate Republicans and 66% of independent voters who lean Republican say Trump should not be impeached.
  • 45% of independent voters believe the president should be impeached while 43% said they would not favor that.

Democrats also overwhelmingly approved of the impeachment inquiry into the president, while Republicans were mostly opposed.

Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams on Monday announced he was going to vote yes when the articles of impeachment are considered by the full House later this week. Earlier, Rep. John Curtis said he would be a no vote.

The poll was conducted during the public phase of the impeachment inquiry when several Trump administration officials offered scathing testimony that they believed military aid to Ukraine was dependent on a quid pro quo that the newly elected government there would announce an investigation into the Bidens. Many witnesses also said top White House officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, were part of the effort to pressure Ukraine.

Most Utahns say they are paying attention to the media coverage of the inquiry. 32% say they are “closely” following the media coverage, while 42% responded that they are “somewhat” following coverage. Just over ¼ said they were either not following coverage closely or not at all.

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The survey was conducted from November 19 to December 7, 2019 among 911 registered Utah voters with a margin of error of 4.6%.