September 30, 2019 - Support For Impeachment Grows Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Majority Of Voters Approve Of Impeachment Inquiry Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters are divided on impeaching and removing President Trump from office, 47 - 47 percent - closing a 20 point gap from less than a week ago, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University Poll released today. In the poll released on September 25th, voters said that the president should not be impeached and removed 57 - 37 percent. Among the political party subgroups, Democrats showed the greatest change from the last poll. Today, they show a virtual consensus on impeaching Trump, 90 - 5 percent, while last week they said Trump should be impeached 73 - 21 percent. The gap also closed among independents, who clearly said that the president should not be impeached last week 58 - 34 percent, and today are only slightly opposed to impeachment at 50 - 42 percent. Republicans feel much the same today as they did last week about impeachment; today, they say Trump should not be impeached 92 - 7 percent, and last week, they were opposed 95 - 4 percent.

While voters are split on impeaching and removing President Trump from office, a slim majority of registered voters do approve of the impeachment inquiry opened by the U.S. House of Representatives 52 - 45 percent. Approval includes half of independents, who are split 50 - 45 percent on the inquiry.

"Following a week when House Democrats announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump and more information emerged about the President's actions regarding Ukraine, public opinion about impeachment is showing a shift. The percentage of voters who think the President should be impeached and removed from office climbed," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow. "While voters overall are split on the question, there's less hesitancy over the impeachment inquiry itself as more than half of voters approve of it."

Thinking about President Trump's actions regarding Ukraine, 55 percent of voters say that they are paying a lot of attention. An additional 28 percent say they are paying some attention, while a combined 16 percent say they are paying only a little attention or none at all.

When it comes to President Trump's interactions with the President of Ukraine specifically, 50 percent of voters say that Trump has done something wrong, while 40 percent say he has not done something wrong. Independents say that the president has done something wrong 52 - 41 percent, while Democrats say so 86 - 3 percent. Republicans say he has not done something wrong 83 - 9 percent. A large majority of those who say Trump has done something wrong say he has done something seriously wrong, 87 - 9 percent.

"Despite the fact that the impeachment inquiry is just getting underway, half of American voters already believe that President Trump has done something wrong when it comes to his interactions with Ukraine's leader. Of that group, there's a virtually unanimous view he did something seriously wrong," added Snow.

Looking at this situation more generally, 52 percent of voters say that asking a foreign leader for help in defeating an opponent in an upcoming election is a good enough reason to impeach a president and remove them from office, while 38 percent say it is not.

While voters are split on impeaching and removing Trump from office, 56 percent of voters still believe that members of Congress who support impeaching the president at this point are doing so more based on partisan politics than on the facts of the case, with 36 percent saying it's more based on the facts of the case.

Job Approvals

Today, voters disapprove of the way President Trump is handling his job 53 - 41 percent. This compares to last week's approval rating, in which they disapproved 55 - 40 percent.

Voters also disapprove of the way Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is handling her job 52 - 43 percent, and disapprove of the way Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is handling his job 57 - 28 percent.

Attorney General William Barr also receives a negative approval rating, as voters say 47 - 36 percent that they disapprove of the way he's handling his job.

From September 27 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,115 self-identified registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points, including the design effect.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than a dozen states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              41%    88%     2%    38%    49%    35%    39%    59%
Disapprove           53      9     97     51     45     60     55     34
DK/NA                 6      3      1     11      7      5      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              31%    45%    47%    40%    56%    43%    49%     2%    30%
Disapprove           60     50     49     56     37     51     45     92     67
DK/NA                 9      5      4      4      6      6      6      6      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         41      53       6
Sep 25, 2019         40      55       5
Aug 28, 2019         38      56       6
Jul 29, 2019         40      54       6
Jun 11, 2019         42      53       5
May 21, 2019         38      57       5
May 02, 2019         41      55       5
Mar 26, 2019         39      55       5
Mar 05, 2019         38      55       6
Jan 29, 2019         38      57       5
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1a. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove q1) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve strongly     35%    79%     1%    30%    41%    30%    33%    52%
Approve smwht         6      9      1      8      7      4      6      7
Disapprove smwht      4      4      5      4      4      5      3      3
Disapprove strongly  48      5     91     46     40     56     51     31
DK/NA                 7      3      2     12      8      6      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve strongly     23%    40%    41%    36%    48%    37%    42%     2%    28%
Approve smwht         8      5      5      4      8      5      7      -      2
Disapprove smwht      8      4      2      3      3      3      3      8      3
Disapprove strongly  52     45     46     53     34     48     41     83     62
DK/NA                 9      5      5      5      7      7      7      6      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                     APPROVE......   DISAPPROVE.....
                     Strngly Smwht   Smwht   Strngly DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         35       6       4      48       7 
Sep 25, 2019         29      11       7      48       5
Aug 28, 2019         27      11       5      50       6
Jul 29, 2019         28      12       7      47       7
Jun 11, 2019         29      13       7      46       5
May 21, 2019         28      10       8      48       5
May 02, 2019         30      10       8      46       6
Mar 26, 2019         28      11       8      47       6
Mar 05, 2019         28       9       9      46       8
Jan 29, 2019         29       9       6      50       5
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2. 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              33%    72%     7%    26%    38%    29%    30%    47%
Disapprove           61     20     90     69     57     64     64     46
DK/NA                 6      8      4      5      5      7      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              27%    39%    37%    32%    41%    36%    38%    13%    25%
Disapprove           66     59     58     61     54     57     56     83     66
DK/NA                 8      2      5      8      5      7      6      4      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         33      61       6
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
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3. 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              32%     5%    65%    25%    27%    36%    35%    24%
Disapprove           62     93     29     67     68     57     61     71
DK/NA                 6      2      6      8      5      7      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              31%    28%    30%    38%    23%    35%    30%    46%    36%
Disapprove           61     65     65     57     72     61     66     48     51
DK/NA                 8      6      5      5      4      5      4      5     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         32      62       6
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
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4. Do you think that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Impeached        47%     7%    90%    42%    40%    53%    46%    31%
No                   47     92      5     50     55     41     48     65
DK/NA                 6      2      5      9      5      6      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Impeached        55%    45%    42%    49%    32%    44%    38%    88%    62%
No                   40     51     51     46     63     50     56      7     35
DK/NA                 5      4      7      5      5      6      6      5      3
 
                     ATTN TO TRUMP'S ACTIONS REGARDING UKRAINE Q15
                                   Little/
                     A lot  Some   None
 
Yes/Impeached        52%    42%    42%
No                   45     52     47
DK/NA                 3      6     12
 
TREND: Do you think that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Impeach No      DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         47      47       6
Sep 25, 2019         37      57       6                     
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Nancy Pelosi is handling her job as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              43%     9%    79%    39%    37%    48%    48%    30%
Disapprove           52     89     15     55     58     47     49     66
DK/NA                 5      2      6      6      5      5      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              42%    43%    40%    47%    34%    43%    39%    60%    56%
Disapprove           50     54     54     49     62     53     57     27     38
DK/NA                 8      3      6      4      4      3      4     13      6
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mitch McConnell is handling his job as Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              28%    52%    10%    26%    34%    23%    27%    35%
Disapprove           57     28     78     62     52     61     63     46
DK/NA                15     19     12     13     14     16     10     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              25%    26%    34%    27%    35%    27%    30%    15%    29%
Disapprove           60     58     54     57     50     58     55     70     54
DK/NA                15     15     12     16     14     15     15     15     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mitch McConnell is handling his job as Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         28      57      15
Apr 25, 2018         22      62      16
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Barr is handling his job as United States Attorney General?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              36%    66%    10%    36%    44%    29%    32%    48%
Disapprove           47     14     76     48     39     53     53     34
DK/NA                17     20     14     16     17     18     15     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              35%    32%    43%    36%    46%    35%    40%    17%    32%
Disapprove           49     51     39     50     37     50     44     67     45
DK/NA                17     17     18     14     17     16     16     16     23
 
 
8. Would you say that Donald Trump is honest, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  37%    83%     2%    31%    44%    32%    35%    55%
No                   57     12     96     60     51     62     60     38
DK/NA                 6      5      2      9      5      6      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  30%    39%    41%    39%    50%    40%    44%     2%    28%
No                   65     57     55     54     44     54     49     94     69
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      6      6      6      4      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Donald Trump is honest, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         37      57       6
Mar 05, 2019         30      65       5 
Jan 15, 2019         34      61       5
Nov 20, 2018         36      58       5
Sep 10, 2018         32      60       9 
Jul 03, 2018         38      58       4
Jun 06, 2018         35      59       6
Mar 21, 2018         38      57       5
Jan 25, 2018         35      60       5
Jan 10, 2018         34      63       3
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9. Do you think that President Trump believes he is above the law, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Above law        56%    15%    91%    59%    49%    62%    57%    40%
No                   42     83      7     38     49     35     39     58
DK/NA                 3      3      1      3      3      3      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Above law        67%    54%    52%    53%    43%    53%    49%    91%    67%
No                   32     44     44     45     54     44     48      8     31
DK/NA                 1      2      4      3      3      3      3      1      2
 
TREND: Do you think that President Trump believes he is above the law, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Sep 30, 2019         56      42       3
May 02, 2019         56      41       3
Dec 12, 2017         61      36       3
Aug 17, 2017         59      40       2
Aug 02, 2017         60      36       4
 
 
10. Given what you know, do you believe that President Trump abuses the power of his office, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Abuses power     54%    12%    94%    53%    46%    61%    56%    38%
No                   43     85      5     43     51     36     41     59
DK/NA                 3      3      1      4      3      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Abuses power     60%    50%    53%    55%    40%    53%    47%    87%    65%
No                   38     46     45     41     57     44     50     11     34
DK/NA                 2      4      1      4      3      3      3      2      1
 
 
11. As you may know, the House of Representatives has begun a formal impeachment inquiry to determine whether or not to bring impeachment charges against President Trump. Do you approve or disapprove of this impeachment inquiry?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              52%     8%    95%    50%    44%    58%    52%    34%
Disapprove           45     91      4     45     53     38     46     63
DK/NA                 3      1      1      6      3      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              62%    48%    47%    53%    36%    49%    43%    95%    65%
Disapprove           36     48     49     44     62     48     54      2     32
DK/NA                 2      4      3      3      3      3      3      3      3
 
 
12. Do you think members of Congress who support impeaching President Trump are doing so more on the basis of the facts of the case, or more on the basis of partisan politics?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Facts                36%     4%    67%    37%    32%    41%    42%    26%
Partisan politics    56     91     25     55     60     52     54     66
DK/NA                 8      5      7      8      9      7      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Facts                32%    37%    36%    42%    31%    37%    34%    59%    31%
Partisan politics    59     56     57     51     63     57     60     28     58
DK/NA                 9      7      8      8      6      5      6     13     11
 
 
13. (If think Trump should not be impeached and removed q4) You said before that based on what you know, Donald Trump should not be impeached and removed. Do you feel that way mainly because you don't think it's been shown that he did anything serious enough to impeach him, or mainly because impeaching him would be too disruptive to our nation?
                    THINK TRUMP SHOULD NOT BE IMPEACHED AND REMOVED Q4
                                                        WHITE......
                                                        COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Not shown anything
 serious enough      65%    73%    58%    71%    59%    67%    63%
Too disruptive       10      6     16      6     15     13      7
NEITHER/ANOTHER
 REASON(VOL)          6      7      5      7      6      4      9
BOTH(VOL)            15     13     17     15     17     14     17
DK/NA                 3      1      5      2      3      3      4
 
 
14. 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 49%     8%    84%    51%    42%    54%    51%    32%
No                   42     86      6     40     48     37     40     59
DK/NA                 9      6     10      9     10      9     10      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Committed crimes 58%    46%    47%    48%    36%    46%    42%    83%    59%
No                   38     45     45     40     55     45     49      8     34
DK/NA                 4      9      7     12      9      9      9      9      7
 
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
 
Sep 30, 2019         49      42       9
Jun 12, 2019         45      45      10
May 02, 2019         46      46       8
Mar 05, 2019         45      43      12
 
 
15. How much attention have you been paying to President Trump's actions regarding Ukraine; a lot, some, only a little, or none at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
A lot                55%    51%    55%    59%    56%    53%    62%    53%
Some                 28     32     27     26     27     30     27     28
Only a little        12     13     13     10     11     13      9     15
None at all           4      3      4      4      4      3      1      3
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                44%    48%    62%    63%    59%    57%    58%    45%    45%
Some                 35     39     19     24     26     29     27     31     26
Only a little        13     10     15     10     11     13     12     16     14
None at all           7      2      3      2      3      1      2      7     12
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      3
 
 
16. Do you think President Trump has done something wrong regarding his interactions with the President of Ukraine, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Something wrong  50%     9%    86%    52%    44%    55%    54%    31%
No                   40     83      3     41     47     35     40     58
DK/NA                10      8     11      8      9     11      7     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Something wrong  61%    47%    45%    51%    38%    46%    42%    85%    58%
No                   30     44     46     40     56     43     48      3     28
DK/NA                 9     10      9      9      6     12      9     12     14
 
                     ATTN TO TRUMP'S ACTIONS REGARDING UKRAINE Q15
                                   Little/
                     A lot  Some   None
 
Yes/Something wrong  55%    46%    40%
No                   43     42     27
DK/NA                 2     12     33
 
 
16a. (If yes/done something wrong q16) Do you think he has done something seriously wrong, or not?
                     YES/DONE SOMETHING WRONG Q16..................
                                                        WHITE......
                                                        COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Seriously wrong  87%    93%    83%    86%    88%    87%    89%
No                    9      4     12     11      8      9      9
DK/NA                 4      3      5      4      4      4      2
 
 
17. Do you think asking a foreign leader for help in defeating an opponent in an upcoming election is or is not a good enough reason to impeach a president and remove them from office?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Good enough      52%    17%    85%    54%    47%    57%    55%    38%
No                   38     68     11     34     42     34     35     49
DK/NA                10     15      4     11     11      9     10     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Good enough      54%    53%    52%    54%    42%    51%    47%    83%    56%
No                   39     38     37     37     46     38     42     11     38
DK/NA                 8     10     11      9     12     11     11      6      6
 
                     ATTN TO TRUMP'S ACTIONS REGARDING UKRAINE Q15
                                   Little/
                     A lot  Some   None
 
Yes/Good enough      57%    48%    46%
No                   34     43     40
DK/NA                 9      9     14