Approval among American voters of the U.S. House impeachment inquiry, an inquiry to determine whether or not to bring impeachment charges against President Trump, has reached its highest level, as 55 percent approve of the inquiry, while 43 percent disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday morning
Last week, 51 percent of voters approved of the inquiry, while 45 percent disapproved.
In today's poll, Democrats approve of the inquiry 93 - 7 percent and independent voters approve 58 - 37 percent, while Republicans disapprove of the inquiry 88 - 10 percent. In last week's poll, Democrats approved of the inquiry 90 - 8 percent, and independents were divided with a 50 - 45 percent approval, and Republicans disapproved 90 - 9 percent.
Nearly half of registered voters, 48 percent, sayTrump should be impeached and removed from office, while 46 percent say he should not. Last week, 46 percent supported impeachment while 48 percent were opposed.
The poll found support for impeachment is 86 - 9 percent among Democrats, and 49 - 41 percent among independents, while Republicans oppose impeachment 91 - 6 percent. In last week's poll, Democrats supported impeachment 85 - 10 percent, independents were divided with 48 percent opposed and 42 percent in support, and Republicans opposed impeachment 93 - 6 percent.
In his dealings with Ukraine, 59 percent of voters say Trump was pursuing his own personal interest, while 33 percent say he was pursuing the national interest. Democrats say the president was pursuing his own personal interest 94 - 2 percent, and independents say the president put his own personal interest over the national interest 64 - 25 percent, but Republicans say 72 - 17 percent that Trump put the nation's interest over his own personal interest.
“Republicans remain rock solid in opposing both the impeachment of President Trump and the House impeachment inquiry. But when it comes to the president's motives in Ukraine, Republicans aren't all on the same page. Roughly 7 in 10 Republicans say the president was pursuing the national interest in his dealings with Ukraine. The rest say he was pursuing his own personal interest or they don't know," Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow said in a release.
Trump's job approval rating has dipped below 40 percent for the first time since the impeachment inquiry began as 38 percent say they approve of the job he is doing, and 58 percent disapprove. Last week, 41 percent approved of the president's job performance, while 54 percent disapproved. This is President Trump's lowest net approval rating since a July 2018 poll. Men are divided on the job President Trump is doing with 49 percent disapproving and 45 percent approving, while women overwhelmingly disapprove of the job he is doing 66 - 30 percent.
This is one of President Trump's highest disapproval numbers from women.
Only 35 percent of voters approve of the way Trump is handling foreign policy, while 61 percent disapprove. Voters also disapprove of the way he is handling national security 56 - 41 percent and the way he is handling the nation's policy toward the Middle East 58 - 36 percent. Voters disapprove 60 - 30 percent of President Trump's decision to remove U.S. military support from the Kurds in northern Syria. Democrats disapprove 86 - 7 percent, independents disapprove 63 - 27 percent, while Republicans approve 55 - 31 percent.
"President Trump's overall job approval rating inches lower against a backdrop of intensifying scrutiny, the House impeachment inquiry and criticism over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. A majority of Americans disapprove of his decision to remove U.S. military support from the Kurds, which includes about 3 in 10 Republicans," Snow said.
Trump gets better marks when it comes to his handling of the economy as 48 percent approve and 48 percent disapprove. A majority of voters say the economy is in good shape, as 17 percent say the state of the nation's economy is excellent, 44 percent say it is good, 26 percent say it is not so good, and 10 percent say it is poor. However, voters are also concerned about the future of the economy as 17 percent say it is very likely that there will be an economic recession in the next year and 39 percent say it is somewhat likely.
Nancy Pelosi gets a mixed approval rating as 45 percent approve of the job she is doing as Speaker of the House, while 47 percent disapprove. Mitch McConnell's approval rating is deep underwater as 57 percent of voters disapprove of the job he is doing as Senate Majority Leader, while only 24 percent approve