Support for Trump Impeachment Now Over 40 Percent, As Majority of U.S. Disapproves of President: Poll

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Despite a majority of Americans disapproving of President Donald Trump's performance, most are still opposed to the idea of impeaching the commander-in-chief and removing him from office, according to a poll released Sunday by CNN.

However, there has been a modest gain in support for the impeachment process. While Trump's disapproval rating continues to hover around 52 percent, as it did in April, support for impeachment rose a modest 4 points, from 37 percent to 41 percent, in the same time period. (Trump's highest disapproval rating hovered at 59 percent back in December; the highest number supporting impeachment was around 47 percent in September.)

That number jumps significantly when looking only at answers from those who identify as Democrats. About 76 percent of respondents from the party say they support impeachment, rising from 69 percent in an April poll conducted shortly after the release of the Mueller report.

Commissioned by CNN and carried out by research agency SSRS, the poll included a random national sample of 1,006 adults reached by phone from May 28 to May 31. There is a sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 points.

Democratic lawmakers and commentators also remain divided on starting impeachment proceedings. For the most part, leaders of the party—including Speaker Nancy Pelosi—have argued that it's a toxic process, stating that there is not enough bipartisan support to currently justify starting an inquiry.

Even if the Democratic stronghold in the House were to successfully vote on formal impeachment charges, the articles would then go to the Republican-controlled Senate. Because successfully removing a sitting president would require two-thirds support, the articles would likely die on the Senate doorstep without overwhelming support from the GOP.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tells @GStephanopoulos "we're not there yet" on impeachment.

"We have important oversight work we can do outside the context of impeachment and I think at this point, that is still the preferred course"

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 2, 2019

.@JakeTapper: “It sounds like you think that the President will be impeached, or at least proceedings will begin in the House at some point, but just not right now?"@WhipClyburn: "Yes, that's exactly what I feel." #CNNSOTU

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) June 2, 2019

James Clyburn, the Democratic Majority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Sunday during an appearance on Meet the Press that the goal among Democrats is to bring impeachment charges only if it's supported by the public. He added that the House isn't making its decision based on whether the Senate would ultimately vote in favor of the charges.

"We think that we have to bring the public along. We do believe that if we sufficiently, effectively educate the public, then we will have done our jobs and we can move on an impeachment vote and it can stand. And maybe it can be what needs to be done to incentivize the Senate to act."

When asked by host James Tapper if he believed that impeachment proceedings will begin in the House at some point, Clyburn answered in the affirmative.

"Yes, that's exactly what I feel."

During another Sunday news appearance on ABC's This Week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he doesn't believe the public is "there yet" in regards to supporting impeachment.

"We have important oversight work we can do outside the context of impeachment and I think at this point, that is still the preferred course."