Poll: 58 percent now approve of Trump impeachment inquiry

President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTHR) — Fifty-eight percent of Americans now support the House's impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, according to a new Washington Post - Schar School poll released Tuesday, and nearly half now say the House should vote on his removal from office.

The support of impeachment proceedings is up 21 percent from a similar poll in July.

Asked if Congress should have started the inquiry, 58 percent of respondents in Tuesday's results agreed, with 43 percent saying they believed so "strongly." Thirty-eight percent said it should not have started it, with 29 percent believing it "strongly."

The Post reports that support for the inquiry has risen 25 points among Democrats, 21 points among Republicans and 20 points among independents since the July poll.

In addition, 49 percent overall say the House should call for Trump to be removed from office.

The impeachment inquiry began two weeks ago after a whistleblower complaint led to the revelation of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump asked Zelenskiy to look into former Vice President Joe Biden -- his potential opponent in the 2020 general election -- and Biden's son, Hunter.

Sixty-two percent of those polled said it wasn't appropriate for Trump to make that request while 32 percent said it was.

Sixty percent said they do not think Trump upholds adequate standards for ethics in government, but 35 percent said he does. By comparison, 47% said Joe Biden would uphold those standards if he were president while 38% said he would not.

Other findings of the poll:

  • Americans are fairly split on how Democrats are handling the impeachment inquiry: 49 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove.
  • Republicans get a 33 percent approval rating of their handling of the probe while 56 percent disapprove.
  • 61 percent say Democrats are making a necessary stand against Trump's actions while 35 percent say that's not the case.
  • 53 percent say Democrats are acting to uphold their Constitutional duties. 42 percent disagree.
  • 50 percent say this is distracting Congress from more important issues compared to 46 percent who say it isn't.
  • 41 percent say Democrats are overreacting. 55 percent say they aren't

Self-described independents made up the largest number of those polled (44 percent). They were followed by Democrats (30 percent) and Republicans (25 percent).

The Schar School of Policy and Government is located at George Mason University.