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Plurality of Independents Oppose Trump Impeachment Inquiry, Polls Show

More independent voters oppose the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump than those who support it, according to a series of recent polls.

Support or opposition for the inquiry is sharply divided along party lines, with most Democrats in support of the effort and most Republicans opposed to it.

Among independents, though, there are higher levels of opposition than support.

While a NPR-PBS-Marist poll released this week showed 48 percent opposition versus 47 percent support, a Politico-Morning Consult poll also released this week showed 47 percent opposition versus 40 percent support. Three other recent polls showed at least 2 percentage points more opposition than support.

The results of the most recent polls contrast with earlier surveys, which showed high support for the inquiry among independents, indicating the Democratic-led inquiry isnt going well.

The previous Politico-Morning Consult poll, taken about a week before the most recent one, showed 45 percent support for the inquiry among independents, versus 32 percent opposition. Reuters-Ipsos polls from about a week apart showed a similar flip, from plus 13 percent support to plus 2 percent opposition.

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks at the open impeachment hearing in Washington on Nov. 13, 2019. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Independents also oppose impeaching Trump and removing him from office, a set of actions that would require a House vote and a conviction in the Republican-held Senate. Across the five most recently released surveys, an average of 46.8 percent of independents said theyre against impeachment and removal from office, versus 41.4 percent support.

Surveys indicate at least 82 percent of Republicans oppose impeachment and removal, a series of events that are supported by about the same percentage of Democrats.

Polls also show that people disapprove of the way House Democrats are handling the inquiry into Trump and a number of Americans are tuning out of the open impeachment hearings.

Asked if they approve or disapprove of the way the inquiry is being handled, 46 percent of respondents told Politico and Morning Consult (pdf) that they either somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove. Another 42 percent said they somewhat approve or strongly approve. About half of independents said they disapprove and another 20 percent said they dont know or dont have an opinion.

More than one-third of independent respondents told Reuters and Ipsos (