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POLL: Voters Back Russia Probe, Not Impeachment

A new poll shows voters support former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation but oppose beginning impeachment proceedings

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A new poll shows American voters largely support the idea of a special prosecutor looking into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, but they stop short of supporting any kind of impeachment proceedings for President Trump.

The poll, commissioned by Politico/Morning Consult, found 63 percent of voters “strongly” or “somewhat” agree with the Justice Department’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia probe.

Only 21 percent of voters disagree with the decision to appoint a special counsel.

The vast majority of Democratic voters, 80 percent, support the decision to appoint an outside prosecutor — but so do half of Republicans and 58 percent of independents.

Voters stop far short, however, when it comes to supporting impeachment proceedings for President Trump. Forty-six percent oppose beginning the process of removing Trump from office, while 38 percent back that idea. About 16 percent aren’t sure or don’t have an opinion.

Democratic voters are more eager to move forward, the poll shows: More than two-thirds, 68 percent, want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings now.

Comparatively, only 12 percent of GOP voters and 33 percent of independents want Congress to launch impeachment efforts.

While Democratic voters may want to begin impeachment proceedings, Democratic lawmakers have been much more reticent to back such a measure, presumably due to the lack of evidence of any grounds for impeachment.