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Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

A survey published on Thursday by the Pew Research Center found that 54% of 3,487 adults polled currently approve of the House decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for his dealings with Ukraine.

Between the lines: This represents a subtle change since early September before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry.

  • In the September survey — before details about Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were public and Pelosi announced the House inquiry — 50% said they favored the House launching impeachment proceedings, while the same share was opposed.

What they found: Pew's October report found that about 1 in 10 adults — or 9% of those surveyed — who previously opposed the inquiry now approve of it.

  • Of those who resisted the inquiry as of last month, but now support it, 35% identify as Democrats, 26% lean Democratic, 21% are Republican-leaning, and just 10% identify as Republicans.
  • The survey determined that neither party has a lot of confidence that their members of Congress will be “fair and reasonable,” during the impeachment inquiry.

The big picture: Support for impeachment has slowly grown since Pelosi announced the inquiry. However, House Democrats recently delayed a full vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry, according to Politico.

  • Democratic leadership and a number of centrist Democrats who opposed the full House vote face tough reelection bids in the next cycle.
  • At least 7 House Democrats continue to hold out or openly criticize the party for pursuing impeachment, and all represent districts that Trump won in the 2016 election.

The Pew survey was conducted Oct. 1-13 among 3,487 adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

Go deeper ... Poll: Majority of Dems in early voting states want Trump imprisoned

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The FBI and Department of Homeland Security predict violent domestic extremists attacks will increase in 2021, according to a report obtained by Axios.

Driving the news: The joint report says extremists have discussed plans to take control of the Capitol and "remove Democratic lawmakers" on or about March 4. The House canceled its plans for Thursday votes as word of the possible threats spread.

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Pope Francis is forging ahead with the first papal trip to Iraq despite new coronavirus outbreaks and fears of instability.

The big picture: The March 5–8 visit is intended to reassure Christians in Iraq who were violently persecuted under the Islamic State. Francis also hopes to further ties with Shiite Muslims, AP notes.

"Neanderthal thinking": Biden slams states lifting mask mandates

States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making "a big mistake," President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."

Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).