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Half the country wants Donald Trump impeached and removed from office, far more than ever felt that way about Bill Clinton, according to a Tuesday CNN poll.

This poll marks the first time a CNN poll showed support for impeaching and removing Trump far outpaces its opposition. While Democrats overwhelmingly favor impeachment (87 percent), the poll shows half of independents support it as well. Republicans continue to stick by Trump, with only 6 percent in favor of impeachment and removal from office.

The support for impeachment and removal is a sharp increase from March, when only 36 percent of Americans supported such a move.

Even Trump’s best polling is worse than Clinton ever saw. During 1998, support for impeaching Clinton fluctuated between 18 percent in April and 29 percent in late September. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives in December 1998 but later acquitted by the Senate.

Trump also fares far worse than other recent presidents. Support for impeaching George W. Bush topped out at 30 percent in the summer of 2006, while 33 percent supported impeaching President Obama in the summer of 2014.

The CNN poll mirrors other recent polls showing a majority or close to a majority supporting the impeachment of Trump. A recent Fox News poll had impeachment support at 51 percent, causing Trump to lash out at his favorite outlet for reporting such unfavorable numbers.

Support for impeachment has risen dramatically since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24.

The House is investigating Trump’s interactions with the Ukrainian president, centering on a July 25 phone call. On the call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into both former Vice President Joe Biden and a debunked conspiracy theory about a DNC server from 2016. National security experts called the request an “unconscionable abuse of power” and a Fox News legal analyst said Trump’s actions were both “criminal” and “impeachable.”

Trump has vowed not to cooperate with the House investigation, equating the probe to a lynching.

Despite Trump’s outbursts, the House continues its investigation. And so far, half or more Americans are in favor of the House impeaching Trump and the Senate removing him from office

Published with permission of The American Independent.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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