Now that House Democrats are holding an official inquiry into allegations that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, FiveThirtyEight is following how public opinion responds with an impeachment polling tracker.
And since we first launched our tracker on Oct. 2, we’ve updated it to break out the impeachment polls we’re collecting into three separate views: First, a view of all the polls we’re collecting; second, a view of polls that ask if respondents support Congress beginning an impeachment inquiry; and third, a view of polls that ask whether respondents think Trump should be impeached or impeached and removed from office. (The first would require a simple majority vote in the House while the second would also require two-thirds of the Senate to vote to convict.) Because the impeachment process includes multiple steps, we’ve tried to split up questions about each step to give you a fuller sense of where public opinion stands. We may add additional filters in the future if the questions pollsters ask — or voters’ opinions on them — begin to diverge.
In addition to tracking the polling averages for and against impeachment among all Americans, we are also keeping tabs on how opinion breaks down by party. As you can see below, Democrats are strongly in favor of impeachment, Republicans are strongly opposed and independents hover somewhere in between.