Nov 13, 2019

Poll: 81% of voters say their beliefs on Trump impeachment are mostly set

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A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found that 81% of voters surveyed said there is no or little chance they will change their minds regarding the House's impeachment inquiry into PresidentTrump.

Why it matters: The poll comes hours before the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry kicks off.

  • A majority of voters (62%) said there was no chance that their views on impeachment would change, and 19% said there was a small chance they could be moved.

The big picture: The new poll found that 50% of voters support the impeachment inquiry and 41% oppose it.

  • That's largely unmoved from the last Politico/Morning Consult impeachment poll in October, which had 50% of voters supporting the inquiry and 43% opposing it.
  • A plurality of voters (48%) said they "definitely" or "probably" believe that the Trump administration withheld military aid from Ukraine in order to pressure the country’s government into investigating President Trump's political rivals, while 30% said they "definitely" or "probably" don’t believe that.

Between the lines, per Axios' Alayna Treene: House Democrats believe it is imperative that the American people hear directly from the key figures involved in the Ukraine saga in the public hearings.

Methodology: This poll was conducted Nov. 8-10, surveying 1,993 registered voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.

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The backdrop: Trump's announcement came as police clashed with protesters just outside of the White House, using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot," and other slogans. Flash bangs used outside the White House could be heard from the Rose Garden.

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Preliminary results from an independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family found that his death in the custody of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to a statement from the family's attorney.

The latest: An updated official autopsy released by the Hennepin County medical examiner also determined that the manner of Floyd's death was "homicide," ruling it was caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdued, restraint, and neck compression."

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The differences between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump are plain as day as the two respond to recent protests.

Why it matters: Americans are seeing firsthand how each presidential nominee responds to a national crisis happening during a global pandemic.