NEW YORK (Reuters) – According to a Reuters / Ipsos poll released Tuesday, support for the impeachment of US President Donald Trump has increased by three percentage points since last week.
FILE Photo: US President Donald Trump holds a rally in Dallas, Texas on October 1
Other Americans said they disapproved of the President's handling of foreign threats.
The October 18-22 poll showed that public opinion continued to shift as Americans digested a flood of news in recent weeks due to the review of Congressional impeachment and Trump's decision To withdraw troops from northern Syria.
Overall, 46% of Americans said they were in favor of impeachment and 40% opposed it.
Resignation support has been relatively stable among Republicans and Democrats over the past week, but has increased among independents, a group that includes people who are neither Democrats nor Republicans, and do not favor a party if they vote ,
Among Independents, 45% said they voted in favor of impeachment in the last poll, and 32% said they would, the strongest support in more than a year.
Just over one in three Independents had stated that he had been in more than a dozen previous Reuters / Ipsos polls since June 2018 for impeachment.
Trump used his advantage in helping the Independents to narrowly win the White House in 2016 and is expected to need them again to be re-elected.
The Reuters / Ipsos survey was conducted after several government officials confirmed parts of a government whistleblower report that Trump had pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to name one of his key political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden investigate. The report said that Trump connected the probe with the release of foreign aid.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing. He tried to stop administrative officials from cooperating with the investigation, and this week he was the victim of a "lynching," a racially motivated description quickly condemned by many lawmakers.
The President also ordered US forces two weeks ago to withdraw from northern Syria before Turkey attacks the Kurds across borders. The Turkish offensive has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and aroused the fear that prisoners from the Islamic state group could escape.
Trump's decision resulted in a sharp bipartisan rebuke in Congress, and the poll shows that it may have damaged his reputation among ordinary Republicans.
Overall, the survey found that Americans were more critical of Trump's dealings with US foreign policy and the Islamic state than in a similar April poll.
Among the Republicans, 73% said they approve of the President's dealings with US foreign policy, and 75% agreed to deal with IS with a minus of 6 and 8 points respectively from April onwards.
The Reuters / Ipsos survey was conducted online in English throughout the United States. Answers were collected from 4,083 adults, including 1,773 Democrats, 1,542 Republicans, and 447 independents. It has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 5 percentage points.
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Reporting by Chris Kahn; Editing by Paul Tait