The majority of Americans would prefer not to see President Donald Trump convicted in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, according to a recently-released poll from Gallup.
The Washington Examiner reports that over half of the respondents report not wanting to see the president removed from office, with 51% opposing a Senate conviction and 46% supporting a removal from office.
Democratic voters who responded were predictably more likely to support convicting the president, with 86% of these voters supporting his removal.
Independents, meanwhile, were split. While forty-nine percent of independent voters were in favor of a conviction, 46% opposed.
A scant 7% of Republican respondents supported convicting Trump.
The Examiner notes that “The national survey, released Monday, is based on telephone interviews with 1,014 adults and was conducted Jan. 2-15, 2020. The margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.”
While support for Trump’s impeachment is higher than that of former President Bill Clinton, Clinton enjoyed far less opposition from the other side of the aisle.
The Examiner notes that “When Clinton’s impeachment was delivered to the Senate, just 33% supported his conviction and removal from office.”
However, “The gap in support for conviction comes mostly from the partisan divide. Both presidents had minimal support for removal from within the party, but Clinton only had support for conviction from 65% of Republicans, compared to 86% of Democrats supporting Trump’s removal.”
Since the politically-charged impeachment process began in the House in September, Trump’s approval rating has stayed strong.
The president currently sits at 44% approval, just one percentage point lower than the House first passed the articles of impeachment at the end of December.
His approval rating as it is today shows a healthy bounce back from a drop in September when just 39% approved of his job performance.
The Senate impeachment trial is expected to kick off Tuesday, although it remains unclear exactly how the process will go, something that has been up for much discussion in recent days.
Some middle-of-the-road Republicans, like Sen. Susan Collins (ME), have signaled interest in heeding the Democrats’ insistence that additional witnesses appear who were not part of the House inquiry.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, has been clear in saying that he’d like to expedite the process.