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Americans under 30 support impeaching, removing Trump by 3 to 1 ratio

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  • New data from Insider SurveyMonkey Audience polling shows that Americans under 30 support Trump’s removal from office by a larger margin than any other age group. 
  • Among Americans aged 18-29, 63% said Trump should be removed from office, compared to 24% who think he shouldn’t be and 13% who didn’t know.
  • Trump is currently on trial for two articles of impeachment articles that the House approved in late December.
  • The results largely align with other surveys showing especially high support for Trump’s removal, and particularly low favorability and approval for the president among Americans under 30.
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As opening arguments continue in President Donald Trump‘s Senate impeachment trial, new data from Insider polling shows that Americans under 30 support his removal from office by a larger margin than any other age group. 

Trump is currently on trial for two impeachment articles — one for abusing his office and one for obstructing Congress — that the House approved in late December.

Currently, seven House impeachment managers are presenting opening arguments that make the case for convicting Trump.  On Saturday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and attorney Jay Sekulow will argue Trump’s defense. 

For the past several months, Insider has been conducting a series of SurveyMonkey Audience polls to gauge Americans’ opinions on the ongoing impeachment proceedings. You can download every poll here, down to the individual respondent data. (Read more about how the Insider polling works here).

On January 22, Insider surveyed 1,070 Americans to ask whether they thought Trump should be impeached and removed from office. 

  • Among Americans aged 18-29, 63% said Trump should be removed from office, compared to 24% who think he shouldn’t be, and 13% who didn’t know.
  • For Americans aged 30-44, 56% said Trump should be removed from office in contrast with 28% who think he should not be removed, and 15.8% who don’t know.
  • Among those aged 45-60, 47.6% think that Trump should be removed from office compared to 42% who think he should not be removed, and 10% who don’t know.
  • For Americans aged 60 and older, a narrow majority of 51% believed Trump should be removed from office in contrast to 40% who think he should not be removed, and 8% who don’t know.

The results largely align with other surveys showing especially high support for Trump’s removal, along with particularly low favorability and approval for the president, among Americans under 30, who tend to lean more liberal than older generations. 

A Pew Research Center survey released on January 22 similarly found that a slim majority of 51% of Americans support Trump’s removal from office. Like Insider’s poll, Pew’s survey revealed that 63% of Americans aged 18-29 and 55% of those aged 30-49 support the Senate convicting Trump.

Trump is accused of abusing his office by dispatching his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and other administration officials to withhold a congressionally-appropriated $391 million military aid package from Ukraine for his own personal gain.

For Trump to be removed from office, two-thirds of the US Senate — 67 members — must vote to convict him of articles of impeachment.

Currently, the Senate consists of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with Democrats, meaning he is highly unlikely to be removed from office.

If Trump is not convicted in the Senate, he stays in office, and it’ll be left up to the American people to reelect him or vote him out of office in 2020.

Read more:

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New poll on the eve of Trump’s impeachment trial finds that 51% of Americans think he should be removed from office

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