Two-Thirds of U.S. Say Trump-Ukraine Allegations Are 'Serious' Problem, Very Few 'Surprised': Poll

Only 17 percent of American adults said they are at all "surprised" by allegations of misconduct by President Donald Trump in regards to Ukraine that have sparked a House of Representatives impeachment inquiry.

Almost two-thirds, or 63 percent of U.S. voters, said they think Trump asking for a quid pro quo investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's dealings there is a "serious" problem.

But a new ABC News/Ipsos survey of Americans released this weekend found an overwhelming majority, 83 percent, said they were "not surprised" or "not surprised at all" by Trump's request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.

Attitudes toward the Trump-Ukraine impeachment discussion are widely divided along party lines, with Democrats being three times as likely as Republicans to describe Trump's conversations with Zelensky as a serious problem. Less than one-third of Republicans see Trump's alleged request for dirt on his potential 2020 challenger as a serious problem versus a staggering 91 percent of Democrats who feel that way.

About three-quarters, or 72 percent of Americans, described the president's comments as a "very serious" problem, compared to 41 percent of Independents.

But regardless of the seriousness with which Americans view Trump's alleged quid pro quo Ukraine discussions, very few people of all political affiliations are surprised by the allegations. Only 3 percent of the 504 Americans who responded to the survey said they were "very surprised" by Trump potentially seeking damaging information about a rival from a foreign country.

About 16 percent of Americans said they were surprised by the latest Ukraine claims against Trump, but 83 percent of voters said they were not surprised in any way. But fewer than one-in-four Americans, or 24 percent, said they were following news about Trump's Ukraine call closely. About 40 percent said they were keeping up to date on news about the Ukraine allegations "somewhat closely."

Last Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats would move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump in the wake of the Ukraine allegations and corresponding whistleblower complaint. A pair of polls released last week found support for impeaching Trump has increased from 43 percent to about 50 percent since April. Even Republican Party support for impeachment doubled from 5 to 10 percent over the past week.

In June, amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation, only 22 percent of Americans said they supported impeachment proceedings against Trump, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey.

Trump's approval rating remains low, with only 41 percent of voters approving of his job as president and a majority, 56 percent, disapproving, according to the latest Morning Consult poll numbers.

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President Donald Trump speaks on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House on June 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty