New Fox News Poll Shows Half of Americans Think Trump Should Be Removed From Office

A second consecutive Fox News poll shows half of Americans believe President Donald Trump should be removed from office.

Fifty percent of Americans surveyed by Fox News said Trump should be removed, with 44 percent responding "no" and 6 percent saying they are still undecided. The poll, conducted between January 19-22, shows essentially identical numbers from a month ago when the same question was asked. An additional 4 percent, 54 percent in total, said the president should be impeached but not removed from office in the poll released on December 19 -- the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump.

Perhaps the most damning data from the poll is that five Democratic presidential candidates - former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg all defeat Trump in hypothetical general election match-ups.

This month's Fox News poll of 1,005 registered voters through landline and cell phone numbers also revealed particularly high interested in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Fifty-five percent of Americans said they are extremely interested in the upcoming presidential election, while 27 percent said they are "very interested." By comparison, only 34 percent of those surveyed in the same poll in January 2016 said they were "extremely interested" in the election Trump would go on to win.

A CNN poll released January 20 showed America is similarly split down the middle over impeachment and Trump's potential conviction, with 51 percent of U.S. voters surveyed saying the Senate should remove the president from office.

Since October, Trump's overall favorable rating ticked up by two percentage points to 45 percent while his unfavorable rating fell by one point. By comparison, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has a favorable rating of 43 percent and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the support of only 30 percent of those surveyed by Fox News.

Only 20 percent of those surveyed by Fox News rated their personal economic conditions today as "excellent," although that is the highest percentage since polling on that topic began in September 2008.

Forty-five percent said Trump has not been successful in revising trade deals with other countries in order to make them more favorable to the United States. Impeachment, partisanship/unity, climate change, the economy and jobs and political corruption were all listed as the top concerns of those surveyed.

In terms of Democrats, Biden remains in first place but fell four percentage points from 30 to 26 percent in favorability over the past month according to the Fox News poll. Sanders is in second place but rose from 20 percent to 23 percent in favorability. Warren, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Buttigieg round out the top five in that order.

The Fox News poll shows Biden defeating Trump by 50 to 41 percent, a two-point gain since December. Sanders and Warren also defeat Trump in head-to-head matchups revealed in the poll by at least five percentage points. Forty-seven percent of those polled said they believe the Trump administration has made America weaker, compared to 42 percent who said weaker.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with Trump
The second Fox News poll in a row shows half of Americans believe the U.S. Senate should vote to remove President Donald Trump from office. AFP via Getty Images/Saul Loeb