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Poll finds 69% want witnesses in Trump impeachment trial

Microsoft News logo Microsoft News 1/31/2020 Dean Betz, Microsoft News

As senators argue whether they should include witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a Microsoft News poll this week found that 69 percent of adults in the U.S. favor hearing from witnesses.

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The poll found not only that a clear majority of adults in the U.S. agree with hearing from witnesses, but that 59 percent say they strongly agree. Just 20 percent disagree, and of them, only 10 percent said they strongly disagree. 

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Among older Americans, 72 percent of people 65 or older strongly support witnesses. People 18-29 had the weakest support, but still, 50 percent of younger Americans also strongly agree. By party, 49 percent of Republicans oppose including witnesses, while 94 percent of Democrats support witnesses.


The Microsoft News Poll uses online opt-in surveys to produce statistically valid results. In this poll, we collected responses from 2,083 people across a network of 300 sites nationwide using tools by CivicScience. We analyze the results to model how demographic groups answered each question, based on age, gender, race, education, location, and party identification. Answers are then projected onto the estimated distribution of those demographic groups among adults in the U.S. This poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. 


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