Record High Percentage of Voters Disapprove of Senate Convicting Trump in Impeachment Trial, Morning Consult Poll Shows

More than 43 percent of voters disapprove of the Senate convicting and removing President Donald Trump from office, a new poll by Morning Consult showed.

The results mark a record high for voters polled by Morning Consult who say they disapprove of Trump's removal. Responses fell largely along party lines, with mostly Republican voters saying they opposed a Senate conviction of the president: 86 percent of Republicans said they disapproved of the Senate removing Trump, while only 10 percent of Democrats said they disapproved of it.

The results also tied another Morning Consult record: a low number of respondents—or 47 percent—said they approve Trump's removal. Again, party lines dictated most voters' responses: 84 percent of Democrats approved of removing the president, with only 12 percent of Republicans approving.

Voters were also asked if they approved of the House impeaching Trump. The results were similarly close and also fell on party lines. Forty-seven percent of voters approved of the House's impeachment, with mostly Democratic voters in support.

According to Morning Consult, the number of voters who believe the Senate should call witnesses to testify has increased by three points since the question was first asked in a December 2019 poll. More voters were in favor of the Senate calling additional witnesses, with 57 percent of voters saying they should. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats said the Senate should call additional witnesses, while 38 percent of Republicans said they should.

Twenty-four percent of voters said that the Senate should not call additional witnesses. Despite the partisan results, Republicans were more closely split on this issue than Democrats, with 43 percent of Republicans saying the Senate should not call additional witnesses.

Republicans shot down every amendment Democrats submitted Tuesday night to change the rules outlined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would have guaranteed witness testimony and new documents to be presented as evidence. The Senate decided to debate witnesses and the documents at a later date.

Voters are similarly split on how both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have handled the impeachment: 46 percent of voters disapproved of how both Democrats and Republicans have handled the impeachment, while 43 percent of voters approved of Democrats' handling. Another 38 percent approved of how the Republicans have handled the impeachment.

In this screengrab taken from a Senate Television webcast, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) during impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate Television/Getty