A new poll found public support for impeaching President Trump is higher today than it was for impeaching former President Richard Nixon in the summer of 1973, just as the Watergate scandal was beginning to unfold.
The survey from the Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 41 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump six months into his first term. Fifty-three percent are opposed to the president’s impeachment.
A July 1973 poll from Gallup taken during Nixon’s second term found that 24 percent of Americans supported Nixon’s impeachment, and 62 percent were opposed.
“Even though Trump’s approval rating is similar to Nixon’s, more Americans support impeachment today than did in 1973,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement. “That’s partly due to the current hyper-partisanship that was simply not prevalent 40 years ago.”
Two Democrats in Congress, Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas, filedan article of impeachment against Trump last week.
The two lawmakers accused the president of obstructing justice by asking former FBI Director James Comey to curtail his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and subsequently firing Comey.
Sherman and Green filed the article of impeachment after it was revealed that members of the Trump family and the campaign met with Russians in Trump Tower last year.
Donald Trump Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in June 2016 after Trump Jr. was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Despite the recent revelations, the president’s approval rating has remained steady, Monmouth’s poll found.
Thirty-nine percent approve of the job Trump is doing in office — his approval rating was the same in May — and 52 percent disapprove.
The public generally disagrees, though, that Trump Jr.’s meeting at Trump Tower should’ve taken place.
Most Americans, 59 percent, said the meeting was inappropriate, and just 31 percent said it was appropriate, according to the Monmouth poll.
“Donald Trump’s approval rating has basically held steady amid another round of supposedly damaging news,” Murray said. “Most Americans disapprove of his son and other advisers meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, but that hasn’t really moved the needle on any other public opinion metric related to the president.”
Monmouth polled 800 adults in the United States from July 13 to July 16 with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.