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Trump acquittal favored in poll, but majority wanted Senate witnesses

WASHINGTON – Americans remain almost evenly divided over the impeachment of President Donald Trump after his acquittal in the Senate, though most found the Senate impeachment trial to be unfair, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday. 

Forty-nine percent said they agreed with the Senate vote to acquit Trump on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from allegations that he used military aid to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations for his own political benefit. And 47% disapproved of the Senate’s vote to acquit. 

Independent voters were almost split, approving of acquittal 48%-45%, while 92% of Republicans approved of the vote and 84% of Democrats did not. 

While more Americans favored Trump’s acquittal, a majority (51%) agreed with the Dec. 18 House vote to impeach him, compared to 46% who disapproved of the impeachment vote. 

“We went into the impeachment process with a sharply divided public and we come out of it with a sharply divided public,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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