(PUBLIC RELIGION RESEARCH INSTITUTE) – Support for impeaching the president has increased significantly over the last six months. Currently, four in ten (40%) Americans believe Trump deserves to be impeached, up 10 percentage points from 30% who expressed support for this action in February. A majority (53%) of Americans do not believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, a view held by 65% of the public in February.
Much of the shift in attitudes about impeachment is the result of a substantial increase among Democrats. More than seven in ten (72%) Democrats now favor impeaching President Trump, compared to 58% who expressed support for this action in February. Fewer than four in ten (38%) independents say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, but this is up from 27% who said he should be impeached in February. Views of Republicans remain roughly unchanged. Only seven percent of Republicans believe Trump should be impeached, compared to four percent who held this view in February.
There is a gaping gender divide in views about impeachment. Only about one-third (32%) of men, but nearly half (47%) of women, say the President should be impeached and removed from office. Compared to men, women have become much more supportive of impeachment over the last six months. Only 35% of women favored impeaching Trump in February compared to 26% of men.
Americans of different racial and ethnic backgrounds also express quite divergent views about impeachment. More than seven in ten (72%) black Americans and a majority (53%) of Hispanic Americans say Trump should be impeached and removed from office. Fewer than one-third (31%) of white Americans agree. White Americans with a college degree are somewhat more likely to express support for impeachment than those without a college education (39% vs. 27%, respectively). In February, only about one-quarter (24%) of whites with a college education supported impeachment while fewer than one in five (19%) whites without a college degree said the same.
White evangelical Protestants are among the most resistant to the idea of impeachment. Nearly eight in ten (79%) white evangelical Protestants say Trump should not be impeached. More than six in ten white mainline Protestants (63%) and white Catholics (61%) also oppose impeaching the President. Religiously unaffiliated Americans are divided with about as many in support of impeachment (46%) as opposed to it (45%)