9/25/19 at 11:03 AM EDT
A majority of Americans support impeaching President Donald Trump if he suspended military aid to Ukraine to pressure the foreign nation to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, according to a new poll.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump in response to the Ukraine controversy. If it’s found that Trump did use his presidential power to force a foreign leader to help take down a political rival, 55 percent of U.S. adults said they would support removing him from office, according to a recent YouGov survey.
Forty-four percent of those polled said they’d “strongly support” removing Trump if the allegations are true, while another 11 percent said they’d “somewhat support” it.
On the other side, 20 percent of adults surveyed said they’d “strongly oppose” impeaching Trump for such an action, and 6 percent said they’d “somewhat oppose” it.
The survey showed support for impeachment was largely partisan, with 66 percent of those who “strongly support” removing Trump identifying as Democrat. Just 22 percent who “strongly support” impeachment were Republican.
The poll was conducted on Tuesday, the same day the House of Representatives launched its formal impeachment inquiry. It’s just the fourth time in U.S. history that a president has faced a serious risk of being removed from office.