According to a new poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling (PPP), 40 percent of registered voters support impeaching President Trump.
48 percent say they’re opposed to impeaching Trump, while 12 percent remain unsure.
The poll also found that an overwhelming number of registered voters, 52 percent, would prefer to see former President Barack Obama as president, rather than Trump. Conversely, 43 percent say they prefer Trump and 5 percent are unsure of whom they prefer.
Less than two weeks into his presidency, Trump’s approval ratings appear rather grim. Considering he signed an executive order barring individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, the findings likely doesn’t come as a shock to many.
According to Public Policy Polling President Dean Debnam, a new president would normally be in in their “honeymoon period” this soon after assuming office, but of course, President Trump is anything but normal. Debnam said in a statement:
‘Usually a newly elected President is at the peak of their popularity and enjoying their honeymoon period after taking office right now. But Donald Trump’s making history once again with a sizeable[sic] share of voters already wanting to impeach him, and a majority of voters wishing they could have Barack Obama back.’
The poll also looked at approval ratings regarding his recent executive order on immigration, and found that 49 percent of voters say they are opposed to the ban, while 47 percent support it. 52 percent say they believe the executive order was intended as a Muslim ban, while 41 say they don’t believe that was the president’s intention.
‘Americans think last week’s executive order is a Muslim ban and they don’t like it. And beyond that, they think the order was executed in an incompetent fashion.’
Twenty-six percent of voters say they support a Muslim ban, while 65 percent say they are against it. However, when PPP specifically asked Trump supporters whether or not they support barring Muslims from entering the country, 48 percent said they were for it, while 40 percent claimed they were against it.
‘So they say it’s not a Muslim ban, but they want a Muslim ban, and 94% of them support the order. ‘
A rather shocking finding from the poll, however, is that 48 percent of Trump supporters believe those who protested the Muslim ban across the country last weekend were paid to do so by George Soros. They also believe the Women’s Marches held across the country were funded by Mr. Soros.
The poll also found a mere 19 percent of voters view Trump’s top adviser Steve Bannon favorably, while 40 percent view him negatively. Thirty-four percent of voters approve of him being given a position on the National Security Council, while 44 percent remain opposed.
As for Trump’s long-touted voter fraud claims, only 26 percent of voters believe Trump’s claim that 3 to 5 million “illegals” voted in the 2016 presidential election, while 55 percent believe Trump is wrong in his claim. Only 47 percent of Trump supporters themselves actually believe his voter fraud claims.
Public Policy Polling also found that only 13 percent of voters approve of the job Congress is currently doing, while 68 percent say they disapprove.
PPP surveyed 725 registered voters from January 30-31. 80 percent of voters surveyed responded via telephone, while 20 percent responded over the internet. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.