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Poll: Wisconsinites still opposed to impeaching Trump

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Milwaukee (WQOW/AP) - Wisconsin voters appear to be solidifying their opinions about whether they think President Donald Trump should be impeached.

The latest Marquette University Law School poll released Thursday shows 40% support impeaching and removing Trump from office. That is the same as last month. Pollster Charles Franklin says that shows "people are dug in."

When broken down by party line, a large majority of Democrats are in favor of impeachment with 80% saying Trump should be removed from office. Only 4% of Republicans believe the president should be impeached.

UW-Stout professor Rich Postlewaite said the lack of statewide support in the past two polls shows voters think removing the president from office is an extreme measure.

"The people are split. They don't want impeachment," Postlewaite said. "They don't necessarily agree with what he did, but they don't want the impeachment. It is not really a crime in their minds. So, you get kind of in that vague area of what constitutes a crime or misdemeanor."

In Wisconsin politics, Governor Tony Evers' approval rating has gone up in the last month. The governor is sitting at a 50% approval rating. That is up three points from November.

Postlewaite said the slight rise in approval may be due to the fact there has not been much controversy as of late with the legislature out of session.

"You had the Brad Pfaff incident down there with the secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. You had that going on, but he (Evers) is a mellow guy, a laid back guy. I don't see him making bold moves and upsetting the apple cart so to speak," Postlewaite said.

The poll of 800 registered voters was taken between December 3 and December 8. It has a 4.2-point margin of error.

Among Democratic candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden maintained his lead with 23% support. He was followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 19% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 16%.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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