(CNN) – Half of Americans say that President Donald Trump should be put on political trial and removed from office, according to a new CNN survey conducted by SSRS, a new record in CNN polls on the subject and the The first time that support for the trial and dismissal has significantly overcome opposition to it.
However, while support for the political trial has increased, Trump's approval levels in general and the opinion about the handling he has given to important problems have not been affected. Overall, 41% approve of his presidency and 57% disapprove of it, similar to his qualifications at the beginning of September and the August surveys conducted before the House of Representatives formally initiated a political trial investigation at the end of September.
The portion that says Trump used his office improperly to gain political advantage against a possible 2020 opponent in his interactions with the president of Ukraine is 49%, almost the same as in the September CNN poll. At the same time, now they say that Trump did not use the presidency improperly (43%, compared to 39% in the past), as the proportion of undecided people on the issue decreased. That change was largely driven by a 16-point increase in the proportion of Republicans who say Trump did not misuse the presidency (from 71% to 87%).RELATED
Overall, 50% say that the things Trump has said publicly about his handling of US relations with Ukraine are mostly false. 44% think the president is telling the truth about it, with opinions clearly divided by party: 86% of Republicans say their public statements have been mostly true, while 83% of Democrats say that They are mostly false.
Support for trial and impeachment is stronger among Democrats (87% are in favor of this) and stands at 50% among independents. Among Republicans, only 6% say they support the trial and dismissal of the Republican president, less than the 14% who said yes in a CNN poll in September. While a handful of other polls have also found support for two-digit impeachment among Republicans, most have found Republican support closer to the level in the new CNN poll.
Beyond partisanship, the demographic dividing lines in the recall seem to reflect those that have boosted Trump's approval rating throughout his presidency. Women (56%) tend more than men (44%) to support Trump's trial and impeachment. Non-whites (68%) support trial and dismissal in greater numbers than whites (40%), and whites are divided by education (51% with college degrees support trial and removal compared to 35% of those without degrees) and more by gender (26% of white men without university degrees favor dismissal, but more than 54% among white women who have four-year degrees).
The survey reveals that Americans in general are rooted in their views on each side of the political trial debate. Among those who say Trump should be prosecuted and dismissed, 90% say he feels that way strongly, as do 86% of those who say he should not be dismissed and dismissed.
Americans are more likely to disapprove than to approve how both parties in Congress, the White House and the State Department are handling the political trial investigation so far. Democrats in Congress do better, with 43% approval and 49% disapproval. The disapproval of the handling of the Republicans of the Congress surpasses the approval in the subject of the investigation of political judgment by a margin of almost 2 to 1: 57% disapproves it and 30% approves it. Republicans themselves are more positive with their supporters in Congress: 52% approve and 32% disapprove of their investigation, but Democrats express much stronger approval for their own Congress supporters (82% approve, 13% disapprove).
The president of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, who announced the investigation of political trial at the end of September, has seen an improvement in the numbers of favorability in the new survey. Its favorability rating is in its best brand since April 2007, with 44% with a favorable view of it and 46% unfavorable. That increase is mainly based on a change among independents since May: 32% had a favorable opinion of it at that time, while 42% do so now.
Nearly half of Americans say that most Democrats in Congress favor impeachment because they believe Trump committed prosecutable crimes (48%), while about 4 in 10 say it is because they are trying to get Trump out of all costs (42%). On the motivations of Republicans in Congress, public opinion turns around, with 50% saying that Republicans in Congress are opposed to the impeachment because they seek to protect Trump at all costs, compared to 40% who say he is because they believe Trump did not commit crimes for which he can be prosecuted.
The public is divided in if Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who was mentioned in the president's phone call with the president of Ukraine and who has become a central figure in the political trial investigation, had too much influence on the decisions Trump's foreign policy policy: 40% say they did it and 41% say no. The former mayor's favorable ratings have been affected in the investigation, as 56% now say they have an unfavorable view of him, compared to 45% who felt this way last year, including a 17-point increase in unfavorable opinions among independents.
However, Trump's favorability rating has not lost ground while remaining at 42% favorable and 56% unfavorable. The president has also seen that his approval ratings on how he handles the main problems remain stable or increased in the last month. Its index of approval in the management of the economy has recovered from a fall in early September: 52% approve that score, compared to 48%. Their numbers have remained even in matters of immigration and foreign affairs, while they add 4 points in foreign trade.
The CNN survey was conducted by SSRS from October 17 to 20 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults contacted on a landline or cell phone by a live interviewer. The results for the entire sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.