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Few Minds Have Been Changed by Senate Impeachment Trial

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump may have dominated the headlines, but it has had little impact on perhaps the most important jury, America’s voters.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 10% of Likely U.S. Voters say they have changed their opinion about Trump’s impeachment since the trial in the Senate began. Eighty-four percent (84%) have not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Seven percent (7%) of Democrats say they have changed their opinion about the impeachment, compared to 12% of both Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major political party.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of all voters say they have closely followed the Senate impeachment trial of the president, but only 41% have followed Very Closely. Among those who have followed Very Closely, 15% say they have changed their opinion about Trump’s impeachment.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted February 2-3, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Most voters oppose the Senate’s removal of Trump from office and say his future should be left up to them in the upcoming election.

Republicans and Democrats have been following the Senate impeachment trial a bit more closely than unaffiliated voters.

But few voters in any demographic category say their minds have been changed by the GOP-controlled Senate’s trial of the president on the impeachment charges approved on a party-line vote by House Democrats.

Even before the Senate trial began, just 24% of all voters expected it to result in Trump’s removal from office.

While the Senate by a narrow vote chose not to hear any additional witnesses, 55% of voters said the Senate should allow new witnesses before reaching a verdict.

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