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Most Voters Tell Senate: Leave Trump's Future to Us in November

Friday, January 31, 2020

Most voters oppose the U.S. Senate’s removal of President Trump from office and say that decision should be left up to them in November.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the president’s fate should be decided by voters in the next election. Just 44% think the Senate should remove him from office instead. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats want the Senate to remove Trump from office as its impeachment trial comes to a close, but 26% think voters should make that call. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans and 61% of voters not affiliated with either major party say Trump’s fate should be decided at the ballot box in November.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted January 29-30, 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 think Trump’s impeachment won’t hurt him at the polls in November and don’t share House Democrats’ concern that the upcoming election may be unfair if Trump is one of the candidates.

Men, women and voters of all ages agree that Trump’s future is better left up to voters in the next election.

While 65% of blacks believe the Senate should remove the president from office, just 40% of whites and 44% of other minority voters agree.

Government workers are more eager to see Trump go now than entrepreneurs, those employed in the private sector and retirees are.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of voters who Strongly Disapprove of the job the president is doing say the Senate should remove him now. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Trump’s job performance, 96% say let the voters decide.

Joe Biden has rebounded to a near two-to-one lead over second-place rival Bernie Sanders among Democrats nationally just before the party’s process of picking a presidential nominee begins in earnest.

With the Iowa caucuses just days away, voters are more confident about U.S. elections than they were four years ago.

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