Nearly 60% of U.S. voters who were surveyed say President Donald Trump should be impeached and kicked out of office or formally censured, a Harvard CAPS/Harris survey says.
The poll shows a majority of voters wanting action taken against Trump, even though they are divided about how far lawmakers should take it as Democrats take over the House.
39% of respondents said that Trump should be impeached and then removed from office.
Impeachment would need a majority vote from the House — a serious possibility with the Democratic majority. Conviction in the U.S. Senate would need a two-thirds vote, difficult to achieve when we have 53 Republicans in the Senate.
20% of poll respondents said that lawmakers should formally censure the president, the survey from 1,473 registered voters shows. The poll ran from December 24th to the 26th.
The poll results come while Trump faces multiple criminal investigations in Washington, D.C., and New York involving his campaign’s coordination with Russian officials to help rig the 2016 presidential election.
Federal prosecutors implicated Donald Trump earlier in the month in a case related to payments which were made to two women in order to keep them quiet about extramarital affairs they had with him.
With a memo that recommended a prison sentence for Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, the federal prosecutors said that Trump directed those payments to prevent a sex scandal as he ran for the White House back in 2016. Those payments, the prosecutors argue, were illegal contributions to Trump’s campaign.
U.S. voters are evenly split on if they believe the special counsel Robert Mueller has found evidence that the Trump campaign officials treasonously coordinated with the Russians in the 2016 election. 39% of respondents said that they believe he has, but another 39 percent say he has not. 22% said they do not know whether the evidence has been discovered.