CBS News Poll: 85 Percent of Republicans Oppose Impeaching Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump waits with Interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, after his arrival at the White House, on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Later Today the U.S. Senate is expected to vote for acquittal in President Trumps impeachment trial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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A CBS News/YouGov poll published Wednesday showed 85 percent of Republicans opposed impeaching President Donald Trump.

The poll also showed only 15 percent of Republicans favored it.

The percentages are flipped among Democrats, with 88 percent favoring impeaching Trump, and 12 percent opposing it. Among Independents, 54 percent favored it versus 46 percent opposing impeachment.

The poll was taken January 11-12, and had a margin of error of 2.9 percent.

The poll comes as House Democrats are planning to impeach Trump for a second time. So far, a small number of House Republicans have joined, led by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

Combined, 55 percent of everyone polled favored impeaching Trump while 45 percent opposed. However, of all those polled, 83 percent thought impeachment would cause Trump’s supporters to protest more and 69 percent thought it would cause more division in the country.

Of the 55 percent who said Trump should be impeached, 39 percent favored removing him from office immediately, while 16 percent thought he should resign.

Of the 44 percent who said Trump should serve out the remainder of his term, 61 percent said it was because he did nothing wrong.

Democrats moved to impeach Trump after some Trump supporters became violent and clashed with police officers and vandalized offices during a protest at the Capitol last week.

Democrats and some Republicans have accused Trump of inciting the violence with a speech he gave earlier in the day. Trump said Tuesday during a trip to the southwestern border that he did not say anything inappropriate.

“If you read my speech — and many people have done it, and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television — it’s been analyzed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” he said.

“And if you look at what other people have said — politicians at a high level — about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots in Portland and Seattle, in various other — other places, that was a real problem — what they said,” he added.

“But they’ve analyzed my speech and words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody, to the T, thought it was totally appropriate,” he said.

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