One Third of Americans Wanted Trump Impeached Even Before Ukraine Phone Call Story Broke

Nearly one third of Americans made their mind up about wanting to impeach President Donald Trump even before the news about his phone call with the Ukrainian president broke.

According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll, a total of 70 percent of Americans agreed that Trump's actions were wrong when he allegedly asked Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens, with more than half (51 percent) thinking he should be impeached and removed from office by the Senate.

Six percent of those taking part in the poll said Trump should be impeached but not removed from office, with 13 percent believing Trump's actions were wrong but he should neither be impeached nor removed from office.

In comparison, 25 percent said that Trump's actions were not wrong, with four percent not answering the question.

The poll, of 506 people, conducted between November 15 and 17, focuses on whistleblower allegations that claim Trump pressured Zelenskiy into looking into his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Aid to the country was withheld around the time of the July phone call. However Trump has denied there was any pressure or suggestion of a quid pro quo in the call

The revelations, which helped launch the current impeachment hearings by the House, were first made public in September and stemmed from a phone call in July.

When poll respondents were asked when they decided on their answer about Trump's actions, 21 percent said it was after the current hearings began last week, with 27 percent saying it was when the allegations were first reported but before the hearings began.

A total of 32 percent of people said they made their minds up about impeaching Trump even before the news about the phone call with Zelenskiy broke.

Elsewhere in the poll, 58 percent of those asked said they are following the impeachment hearings either somewhat closely or very closely, with only 18 percent said they are not following it closely at all.

Trump has frequently denied there was anything untoward in the phonecall, and said there was no quid pro quo agreement with the Ukraine leader to pressure him into investigating the Bidens.

"Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released ststement [sic] from Ukraine," Trump tweeted on Sunday while dismissing the testimony of the foreign policy adviser to Vice President Mike Pence. "Then she should meet with the other Never Trumpers, who I don't know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!

"Republicans & others must remember, the Ukrainian President and Foreign Minister both said that there was no pressure placed on them whatsoever. Also, they didn't even know the money wasn't paid, and got the money with no conditions. But why isn't Germany, France (Europe) paying?"

The margin of error for the total sample in the ABC News/Ipos poll is plus +/-4.8 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

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Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office and walks toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. A poll has revealed that 31 percent of Americans wnated the president impeached even before the news about the Ukraine phonecall broke. Drew Angerer/Getty