Wisconsin poll shows 40% support removal of President Trump

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The support for impeaching and removing President Donald Trump from office appears to be decreasing in Wisconsin, a key swing state in the 2020 election.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows 40% of respondents in support of impeaching and removing Trump. That is down from 44% last month.

In the latest poll, 53% said they do not support impeachment and removal from office. That is up from 51% against it in October.

Pollster Charles Franklin stresses that the changes are within the margin of error.

The poll of 801 registered voters was taken between Nov. 13 and Nov. 17, just as Democratic-led impeachment hearings began. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

MU Law poll Director Charles Franklin says there's a reason opinion on impeachment is shifting. 

Only 40% of respondents now think President Trump should be impeached, compared to 44% last poll. 53% are currently against impeachment. 

"Anytime a prominent member of your party is attacked, there's a tendency for partisans to rally around that person," said Franklin. 

Trump's overall favorability numbers increased. Franklin says voters are more impressed than they were in September with Trump's foreign policy and the economy.

"Positive movement in perceptions of the economy and the positive movement in evaluation of Trump's handling of the economy are both good pieces of news for Republicans," he said. 

President Trump now leads Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttegieg and Joe Biden in the polls.

In September, Sanders lead Trump 48-44% and Biden lead Trump 51-42%. Trump now leads Biden 47-44% and Sanders 48-45%.

"Those are both still quite close races," Franklin added. "I would expect that we see flips back and forth over the next 12 months."

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