Impeachment Support Dips, Trump Approval Up

Siena poll shows independent New Yorkers moving toward Trump

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November 21, 2019 - 8:59 am
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Loudonville, NY (WBEN) - As the political storm of impeachment hearings continues to swirl, Siena College Research Institute is out with a new poll of New York State residents that has encouraging findings for President Donald Trump and the Republicans.

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While a majority of New Yorkers continues to support impeaching and removing President Trump from office, the margin has narrowed since last month. "More than three-quarters of Democrats continue to support it and more than three-quarters of Republicans continue to oppose it,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. “However, independents, who were evenly divided on the question last month, now oppose impeachment and removal 59-37 percent. And voters under 35, who had strongly supported impeachment and removal last month, are now nearly evenly divided.

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“More than eight in ten Democrats continue to say the impeachment inquiry is fair. However, since last month, a majority of independents went from saying it was fair by eight points to now a majority saying it is a partisan attack by eight points. At the same time, 23 percent of Republicans now say it is fair, up from 15 percent last month,” Greenberg said. “And by a wide margin, 54-29 percent, New Yorkers continue to say they trust Speaker Nancy Pelosi to tell the truth more than the President.”

Trump, still hugely unpopular in New York, is seeing a ratings uptick within the last month. Trump’s favorability rating edged up to 32-65 percent, from 30-67 percent last month. His job performance rating is 32-67 percent, up from 28-70 percent. And 31 percent are prepared to re-elect him, with 64 percent preferring ‘someone else,’ up from 28-68 percent in October.

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“Trump is viewed unfavorably by 65 percent of New Yorkers; 67 percent give him a negative job performance rating; and, 64 percent would prefer to vote for ‘someone else’ next year. And those numbers are all small improvements from last month,” Greenberg said. “Republicans continue to support Trump, albeit by smaller margins. While 66 percent of Republicans view him favorably and 66 percent say they are prepared to re-elect him, that support is down from 71 percent favorability and 73 percent re-elect last month. Conversely, independents, who continue to view Trump negatively, are less negative than they were in October.”

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