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Support for deposing Trump on a slow, steady climb, poll finds

Microsoft News logo Microsoft News 10/16/2019 Dean Betz, Microsoft News

Americans' support for removing President Trump from office is increasing slowly but steadily as more details emerge from the Ukraine scandal, Microsoft News polls have found. In addition, support for Trump's job performance has fallen sharply.

Attitudes among likely voters toward the president were virtually tied on Sept. 24, before the Ukraine news broke. But as more details have emerged the gap has widened.

Microsoft News polls taken before and after the news broke have found particularly significant impact among some key demographic groups.

The biggest changes? The pro-impeachment finding for the most young -- 18 to 25 -- grew 6 percentage points points to 69 percent, and the oldest -- 65-plus -- hit 50 percent, also up 6 points from pre-scandal polling.

By race, whites were evenly split over removal from office, and people of color were much more likely to support it.

Support for removal from office has always been strong among Democrats, and that grew post-Ukraine – 94 percent after, and 87 percent before. Democrats doubled-down in the House even if there is no support in the Republican-led Senate, to 88 percent compared to 67 percent earlier. Republican opposition to impeachment fell slightly – to 84 percent from 86 percent – but that is well withing the poll's margin of error.

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