President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, at a joint press conference at the United Nations on Sept. 25.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows support for impeachment and removing President Donald Trump from office has increased since the nation learned last week the president had asked the leader of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.

The poll showed a slim majority a slim majority of registered voters, 52-45 percent, approved of the impeachment inquiry initiated by the U.S. House last week.

The poll also showed Americans are split, 47 – 47 percent, on whether to remove Trump from office. In a similar poll released on  September 25, voters said that the president should NOT be impeached and removed 57 – 37 percent.

Democrats showed the greatest change. The latest Quinnipiac University poll showed there’s a virtual consensus among Democrats 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.

“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,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow. “The percentage of voters who think the President should be impeached and removed from office climbed.”

Snow also said “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.”

The results of the Quinnipiac poll track other national polls that also show support for an impeachment inquiry. Support for the U.S. House voting to impeach the president has risen since the White House released a rough transcript last week of the president’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The poll also showed that 55 percent of voters said they are paying a lot of attention to the president’s actions regarding Ukraine. An additional 28 percent say they are paying some attention, while 16 percent said  they are paying only a little attention or none at all.

When it comes to Trump’s interactions Zelensky, 50 percent of voters said Trump has done something wrong, while 40 percent said he has not done something wrong. Independents said the president has done something wrong 52 – 41 percent, while Democrats say so 86 – 3 percent. Meanwhile, 83 percent of Republicans polled said the president has NOT done something wrong.

A vast 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,” Snow said. “ Of that group, there’s a virtually unanimous view he did something seriously wrong.”

The latest Quinnipiac poll was conducted from September 27 – 29, It surveyed 1,115 self-identified registered voters nationwide and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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