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Quinnipiac Poll: Syria, Ukraine Not Helping Trump's Case Against Impeachment

Jacquelyn Martin
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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington.

There’s been a jump in the number of people who support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to the latest Quinnipiac University national poll.

In two recent polls, 46 percent of the people surveyed on the question of impeachment said they supported the move – while 48 percent said they did not. But this week, the number of people supporting impeachment rose to 55 percent.

“The impeachment talk has ratcheted up hugely and it’s right in step with Syria and Ukraine,” said Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University’s polling analyst. “Incidentally, his approval rating is down to 38 percent, which is just about as low as it’s gotten with us, so I think it’s a cumulative effect of some bad news coming out of the White House, allies being concerned [and] some rumblings of Republicans at least considering impeachment.”

Malloy doesn’t expect things to get better for Trump anytime soon as he deals with the fallout of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and recent testimony by a diplomat to Ukraine exposing a ‘quid pro quo’ between Trump and the Ukrainian president.

Before a non-verbatim transcript of Trump’s conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky was released on Sept. 25, pollsters at Quinnipiac had conducted a survey where a majority (57 percent) of people responded ‘no’ to the implementation of an impeachment inquiry. But the next poll numbers sent out Sept. 30 reflected the reaction to the transcript with a big swing – 47 percent for impeachment, 47 percent against.

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