Poll: AZ voters support inquiry, but not impeachment




    President Donald Trump
    Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix in June 2016. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    Arizona voters support the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but a majority say they so far oppose impeaching him for leveraging U.S. foreign aid to Ukraine to persuade that country to investigate his chief Democratic rival, according to a poll released yesterday.

    The New York Times Upshot/Siena College (SCRI) poll surveyed voters in six battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

    In Arizona, 53% of voters backed the impeachment inquiry and only 40% opposed it. But when those voters were asked what they thought about impeaching Trump and removing him from office, 52% were opposed and 45% were in favor. The pollsters noted that 10% of Arizona voters surveyed supported the inquiry but opposed removing Trump by impeachment. 

    The polling shows that 95% of Republicans oppose impeaching Trump; 90% “strongly oppose” doing so. Across the aisle, 89% of Democrats support impeaching the president, including 75% who “strongly support” doing so.

    But Republican opposition for the impeachment inquiry was softer: Only 77% are opposed, and only 69% are strongly opposed. For Democrats, 90% support the inquiry; 73% strongly support it.

    Across all six battleground states, 51% of voters support the inquiry and 44% oppose it. Regarding impeachment and removal, 52% are opposed and 44% are in support.

    Arizona and Pennsylvania had the most voters, 53%, that supported the impeachment inquiry. Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had the most voters at 45% who support impeaching and removing Trump.

    In all, 652 Arizona voters were polled between Oct. 13 and 26, and the poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.

    Jim Small
    Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.