June 12, 2019 - A Sitting President Should Face Charges, U.S. Voters Say, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voters Still Say Don't Impeach Trump Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Any sitting president should be subject to criminal charges, 69 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today, while 24 percent say a president should be charged with crimes after he or she leaves office.

Support for charging a sitting president is 52 - 35 percent among Republicans, 83 - 12 percent among Democrats and 68 - 26 percent among independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds.

President Donald Trump committed crimes before he took office, voters say 57 - 29 percent. But voters are divided 45 - 45 percent on whether President Trump committed crimes while he has been in office.

And American voters say 55 - 35 percent that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report did not clear Trump of any wrongdoing.

Despite these findings, American voters say 61 - 33 percent that Congress should not begin the process to impeach President Trump. Support for impeachment is 62 - 32 percent among Democrats and 63 - 31 percent among black voters. Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group opposes impeachment.

Voters are closely divided on whether Congress should investigate to determine whether to bring impeachment charges against Trump as 48 percent say yes and 49 percent say no.

Voters say 50 - 44 percent that Trump does not deserve to be impeached.

"Complete exoneration???

"Case closed???

"'Hold on, Mr. President,' most American voters say," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Even though questions clearly linger on the true thrust of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, an even larger majority says impeachment is just not the way to go."

"As for charging ANY president who commits a criminal offense while still occupying the White House there is almost 3-1 support: If you do the crime you should do the time, say Republicans and Democrats," Malloy said.

If a political candidate supports impeachment, 32 percent of voters say they are less likely to support that candidate, while 13 percent are more likely and 51 percent say support for impeachment would have no impact on their vote.

American voters disapprove 64 - 25 percent of the way Democrats in Congress are handling the issue of impeachment and disapprove 59 - 24 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are handling impeachment.

Overall, voters disapprove 59 - 34 percent of the way Democrats in Congress are doing their job and disapprove 66 - 27 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job.

From June 6 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,214 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, including the design effect.

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10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              27%    59%     8%    17%    29%    25%    27%    33%
Disapprove           66     32     90     76     65     67     66     60
DK/NA                 7     10      2      8      7      7      7      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              27%    30%    27%    24%    29%    31%    30%     8%    34%
Disapprove           64     64     66     71     65     62     63     86     56
DK/NA                 9      7      7      5      6      8      7      6     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         27      66       7
Mar 05, 2019         27      66       8
Jan 29, 2019         30      65       6
Jan 15, 2019         29      63       8
Dec 19, 2018         28      63       9
Nov 20, 2018         31      62       7
Jul 25, 2018         27      66       8
Jun 20, 2018         28      66       7
Apr 25, 2018         22      69       8
Mar 21, 2018         25      68       7
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11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              34%     5%    69%    30%    27%    40%    34%    24%
Disapprove           59     92     23     63     67     52     61     69
DK/NA                 7      3      8      7      6      7      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              37%    32%    33%    37%    24%    32%    29%    65%    36%
Disapprove           53     63     63     57     71     60     65     32     55
DK/NA                10      5      4      6      4      8      6      3     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         34      59       7 
Mar 05, 2019         38      56       6
Jan 29, 2019         38      57       5
Jan 15, 2019         37      56       7
Dec 19, 2018         32      59       9
Nov 20, 2018         32      57      10
Jul 25, 2018         30      63       7
Jun 20, 2018         26      66       8
Apr 25, 2018         26      66       8
Mar 21, 2018         28      63       9
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16. Do you think that Congress should begin the process to impeach President Trump, which could lead to his removal from office, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Begin process    33%     2%    62%    35%    28%    38%    26%    25%
No                   61     97     32     57     68     56     67     74
DK/NA                 6      1      6      9      4      7      7      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Begin process    36%    31%    36%    27%    22%    28%    25%    63%    39%
No                   59     62     61     66     75     66     70     31     53
DK/NA                 5      7      3      7      3      6      4      6      8
 
TREND: Do you think that Congress should begin the process to impeach President Trump, which could lead to his removal from office, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Begin   No      DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         33      61       6
May 02, 2019         29      66       4
Mar 05, 2019         35      59       7
Dec 19, 2018         35      60       5
 
 
17. Do you think that Congress should investigate to determine whether or not to bring impeachment charges against President Trump, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Investigate      48%     8%    84%    52%    44%    52%    44%    37%
No                   49     90     14     44     53     46     54     61
DK/NA                 3      2      2      4      3      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Investigate      58%    44%    43%    49%    39%    43%    41%    82%    58%
No                   38     53     56     48     60     56     58     17     33
DK/NA                 4      3      2      3      1      2      2      1      9
 
TREND: Do you think that Congress should investigate to determine whether or not to bring impeachment charges against President Trump, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Inv     No      DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         48      49       3
May 02, 2019         47      51       2
 
 
18. Regardless of whether or not you think Congress should begin the process to impeach President Trump, do you think that President Trump deserves to be impeached, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Deserves         44%     3%    85%    45%    36%    52%    41%    34%
No                   50     95     10     45     59     42     53     62
DK/NA                 6      2      5     10      5      7      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         54%    40%    41%    46%    32%    42%    37%    71%    51%
No                   41     54     56     46     64     52     58     22     41
DK/NA                 5      6      3      8      4      6      5      7      8
 
 
19. Do you think that President Trump committed any crimes before he was president, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Committed crimes 57%    16%    90%    64%    54%    60%    53%    49%
No                   29     64      5     19     29     29     32     37
DK/NA                14     20      5     16     17     11     15     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Committed crimes 73%    57%    50%    53%    50%    52%    51%    78%    66%
No                   17     32     36     30     34     35     34     18     20
DK/NA                10     12     14     17     16     12     14      5     14
 
TREND: Do you think that President Trump committed any crimes before he was president, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/Com-
                     mitted  No      DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         57      29      14
May 02, 2019         57      28      15
Mar 05, 2019         64      24      13
 
 
20. Do you think that President Trump has committed any crimes while he has been president, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Committed crimes 45%     5%    83%    46%    38%    51%    38%    37%
No                   45     89      9     37     52     38     49     56
DK/NA                10      6      7     17     10     10     13      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Committed crimes 53%    41%    44%    45%    33%    42%    38%    77%    50%
No                   36     48     49     44     58     47     52     13     40
DK/NA                11     11      7     11      9     10     10     10      9
 
TREND: Do you think that President Trump has committed any crimes while he has been president, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/Com-
                     mitted  No      DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         45      45      10
May 02, 2019         46      46       8
Mar 05, 2019         45      43      12
 
 
21. If a political candidate supported impeaching President Trump, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely to vote for that candidate, or would it have no impact either way?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          13%     2%    25%    14%    12%    15%    11%    12%
Less likely          32     68      6     23     35     29     36     40
No impact            51     28     65     60     50     52     51     46
DK/NA                 3      2      4      3      3      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          16%    12%    14%    11%    12%    12%    12%    19%    19%
Less likely          21     30     39     36     41     36     38     11     28
No impact            58     57     45     49     46     50     48     69     45
DK/NA                 6      1      2      4      2      2      2      2      9
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling the issue of impeachment?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              25%     3%    51%    24%    22%    29%    25%    19%
Disapprove           64     94     36     65     71     59     64     73
DK/NA                10      3     12     12      8     12     11      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              23%    26%    22%    31%    18%    25%    22%    44%    26%
Disapprove           63     66     71     58     74     63     68     47     60
DK/NA                14      8      7     11      8     11     10      9     14
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling the issue of impeachment?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              24%    42%    11%    19%    27%    20%    26%    27%
Disapprove           59     37     78     63     59     60     59     56
DK/NA                17     20     11     18     14     20     15     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              23%    25%    26%    18%    29%    25%    27%    14%    21%
Disapprove           54     62     59     63     59     55     57     77     50
DK/NA                23     12     15     19     12     20     16      9     28
 
 
24. Do you think that the Mueller report cleared President Trump of any wrongdoing, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Cleared          35%    74%     7%    23%    42%    28%    38%    45%
No                   55     16     86     63     49     60     56     43
DK/NA                11     10      6     14      9     12      7     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Cleared          25%    35%    42%    32%    46%    36%    41%    11%    32%
No                   62     55     51     57     44     54     49     81     47
DK/NA                13     11      7     11      9     10      9      8     21
 
TREND: Do you think that the Mueller report cleared President Trump of any wrongdoing, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Cleared No      DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         35      55      11
May 02, 2019         38      51      11
 
 
25. Do you think that Attorney General Barr accurately represented the conclusions of the Mueller report to the American public, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Represented      33%    71%     4%    27%    41%    26%    36%    44%
No                   55     17     87     61     50     60     52     46
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)   4      4      2      5      5      3      4      4
DK/NA                 8      8      8      7      5     11      8      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Represented      23%    32%    40%    35%    46%    34%    40%    13%    26%
No                   61     53     54     56     44     54     49     79     58
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)   7      4      2      1      5      3      4      1      7
DK/NA                10     11      4      8      4     10      7      7     10
 
 
26. Do you think that the President of the United States should be able to be charged with a crime while they are in office, or should presidents only be charged with crimes once they have left office?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Able to be charged   69%    52%    83%    68%    62%    74%    66%    65%
Charged/Left office  24     35     12     26     29     19     26     26
DK/NA                 8     13      5      6      8      7      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Able to be charged   82%    71%    65%    58%    62%    69%    66%    76%    78%
Charged/Left office  12     27     25     29     30     23     26     16     12
DK/NA                 5      2     10     13      8      8      8      7     10
 
TREND: Do you think that the President of the United States should be able to be charged with a crime while they are in office, or should presidents only be charged with crimes once they have left office?
                             Charged/
                     Charged LeftOff DK/NA
 
Jun 12, 2019         69      24       8
Dec 19, 2018         71      21       8