More Americans Approve Impeaching Trump, Say Congress is Doing Good Job: New Poll

Americans' approval of Congress has climbed at the same time support for President Donald Trump's impeachment has risen, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday morning.

Fifty-two percent of Americans say they want Trump to be impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office by Senate, the poll found. The findings from Gallup align with rising support for impeachment proceedings noted by other recent polls.

At the same time, the organization also found that Americans' approval of Congress has risen 7 percentage points from last month, rising to 25 percent from 18 percent.

Despite the increased support for impeaching Trump, the poll found that the president's approval rating had only budged slightly, falling one percentage point from September.

Gallup also found noteworthy movement among independents: 55 percent of independents said they support Trump's impeachment and removal from office, a jump from 46 percent in June. Just 6 percent of Republicans back Trump's impeachment and removal, a percentage point decrease from four months ago. And 87 percent of Republicans say they approve of the president's handling of the office, a figure that many say reflects the political bifurcation of the country.

As impeachment proceedings continue in Congress, Trump has railed against the inquiry. He has called to expose the identity of the whistleblower who filed a complaint about the July 25 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, which set off a House impeachment inquiry, and he lashed out at Democrats leading the investigation.

"Democrats are allowing no transparency at the Witch Hunt hearings," he tweeted Tuesday.

The president has also focused his criticism on Joe Biden in impeachment discussions. Trump and his supporters have responded to accusations that he sought to arrange a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian president by alleging that Biden acted improperly while in office. Biden and his campaign have denied the claims that the former vice president was seeking personal advantage when he pushed for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor looking into Burisma, an oil company where Joe Biden's son served on the board. Those claims have not been substantiated.

Still, the narrative has taken hold in conservative circles, with some Republican politicians insisting that Hunter Biden's business conduct should be investigated. CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Biden if it was acceptable for his son to do business abroad during the Democratic debate Tuesday.

"My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong," Biden responded. "I carried out the policy of the United States in rooting out corruption in Ukraine."

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President Donald Trump answers questions from the media while departing the White House on October 11. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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