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Poll: More than half of PA voters support Trump impeachment inquiry

Special to The Central Voice

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With the U.S. House set to vote this Thursday on a Democrat-authored resolution laying out the next steps in an ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, voters in a key 2020 battleground state say they support that investigation.

Fifty-seven percent of registered voters in a new Franklin & Marshall College poll say they support the inquiry, which the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill have tried to dismiss as a “sham,” according to CBS News. Trump has frequently referred to the ongoing investigation, spurred by a controversial phone call with the president of Ukraine, as a “witch hunt.”

Among those who support an inquiry, 36 percent said the main reason they did was because they believe Trump broke the law or acted with corrupt intent. Among opponents, more than a quarter (28 percent) said Trump was the victim of partisan politics or the target of a witch hunt, the poll found.

Pennsylvania Republicans responding to the poll are onside with the White House. Barely two in 10 Republicans (21 percent) support an inquiry, while just 18 percent of self-identified conservatives support it. Eighty-five percent of all Democrats and 97 percent of self-identified liberals support the probe.

More problematic for the White House is the strong support among independents (61 percent) and self-identified moderates (67 percent). Many of those voters crossed over to Trump in 2016, helping him become the first Republican in three decades to carry the Keystone State.

Irrespective of how they feel about an inquiry, 71 percent of respondents said it’s inappropriate for a sitting president to ask a foreign leader for dirt on a political opponent, the poll found.

That support for the inquiry is reflective of deeper issues for Trump, who’s been a frequent visitor to Pennsylvania over the last few weeks. Just a third of respondents (35 percent) said he’s doing a “good” or “excellent” job as he gets ready to close out the third year of his administration.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents said Trump has done a good enough job to deserve re-election, while nearly six in 10 (59 percent) say it’s time for a change — though that figure likely can, and will, change when a Democratic nominee emerges.

Reflecting the national topography, Trump loyalists remain firmly in the White House’s camp, with 74 percent saying they plan to vote for the president no matter who runs against him. The same holds true for Trump’s opponents, with 85 percent saying they plan to vote against him.

The survey of 482 registered voters was conducted from Oct. 21 to Oct 27. The sample includes 226 Democrats, 188 Republicans, and 68 independents, for a total margin of error of 6.1 percent.

John L. Micek is Editor-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, where this story first appeared.