By Jack Phillips
Support for impeaching President Donald Trump has dropped among black and Hispanic voters, according to a new poll.
It found that 38 percent of black voters are opposed to it while 37 percent are in favor of it. About 25 percent are not sure.
Hispanic voters, the survey discovered, only narrowly favored impeachment, with 48 percent supporting it and 41 percent opposing it. Eleven percent are unsure.
Emerson, in a poll in October, found that 58 percent of black voters were in favor of impeaching the president compared to about 27 percent who opposed it. Similarly, 73 percent of Hispanic voters favored Trump’s impeachment while 24 percent opposed it.
Overall, between the two polls, support for impeaching Trump dropped 20 percent among black voters and for Hispanics, 25 percent.
The new poll also found that Trump’s “approval has increased in the last month with 48 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval, a bounce from 43 percent approval in the last Emerson National poll in October.”
The overall impeachment support “flipped” since October, Emerson wrote.
Now 45 percent are opposed and 43 percent support, as opposed to 48 percent supporting and 44 percent opposing the move in October.
Independent voters led the swing, who now oppose impeachment 49 percent to 34 percent.
The poll findings come after about two weeks of public hearings in front of a House Intelligence panel. Several witnesses suggested Trump may have withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically advantageous investigations. Trump, Ukrainian officials, and other White House officials have denied the claims and said the Democrats are engaging a politically motivated witch hunt against the president.
Some Democratic House representatives, in recent days, have signaled that they might not even vote to pass articles of impeachment.
For example, Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) said that she does not support impeaching the president at this time. “You can censure, you don’t have to remove the president. So there’s different levels of activities that you can take under the articles of impeachment,” Lawrence told the “No BS News Hour” program over the weekend.
“We are so close to an election, so I can tell you, sitting here, knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of kicking him out of office, but I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.”
Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), who represents a congressional district that voted for Trump in 2016, recently told voters that she “didn’t run” to “impeach” the president.
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) also said he’s undecided and would later “drill into the details and make sure any suggested articles [of impeachment] actually matched up with the evidence.”
“The president’s support in the Republican primary increased this month to 93 percent against primary challengers Bill Weld and Joe Walsh. Trump’s head to head matchups in the General Election against the top Democratic candidates have also tightened since October, now trailing Sanders by 1 point and leading his other three potential opponents,” the pollster also wrote.
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