Impeachment Support Fades, Trump Leads Top Democrats In Wisconsin, Poll Shows

Nov 20, 2019

Support for impeachment is declining in Wisconsin, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday. The survey also shows Republican President Donald Trump leading the Democratic front-runners in the 2020 race. 

The poll of 801 registered voters was taken Nov. 13-17. It shows 40% of respondents support impeaching and removing President Trump from office, a drop from 44% in October.

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Poll Director Charles Franklin says support for impeachment is especially waning among Democrats who were surveyed. 

"So, 81% of Democrats would impeach and remove, but 94% of Republicans would not. So, where does the balance and opinion come from when the two parties are equal in size here in this state and in this sample? It comes because Republicans have unified behind the president, and Democrats not as much yet," Franklin said.

As for the scandal at the epicenter of the impeachment hearings, 52% of those polled believe Trump asked Ukraine's president to investigate his political rivals. And 41% believe Trump held up military aid to pressure Ukraine. 

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The poll also shows that Trump has a slight lead over former Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren if the general election were being held today. Franklin notes that those leads are within the margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. 

"So call it a small advantage to Trump," Franklin said. 

Sen. Cory Booker is the only Democratic candidate leading Trump in a separate sample of 400 Wisconsinites surveyed. Among Democratic primary voters, 30% said Biden was their first choice to challenge Trump in a general election, followed by Sanders with 17%, and Warren at 15%. 

In addition, voters weighed in on what they think of their top state elected official. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' approval ratings fell below 50% for the first time since he was elected a year ago — 47% of respondents approve of the job he is doing, down from 52% in October. 

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