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Poll shows NYers' support for Trump's removal softens

President Donald Trump speaks in the White House's

President Donald Trump speaks in the White House's Roosevelt Room in Washington last Friday. Credit: AP / Evan Vucci

ALBANY — A new poll shows a dip in the majority of New York voters who support removing President Donald Trump from office through the continuing impeachment proceedings.

The Siena College Research Institute found that most voters in the state dominated by Democrats still want the Republican president removed from office, by 52% to 44%. That’s down, however, from 57% to 36% a month ago, before televised impeachment hearings began.

Key to the change are voters who identify themselves as not belonging to a political party. Divided last month, those voters now oppose impeachment and removal from office by 59% to 37%. The poll also found voters under 35 years old who had strongly supported impeachment a month ago are now divided on the question.

Part of the reason appears to be the view of the impeachment hearings. In last month’s poll, 51 percent of these voters not enrolled in a party felt the impeachment inquiry was fair, compared with 43 percent who felt it was partisan. This month that view flipped, with 43% saying the inquiry is fair and 51% calling it partisan, said Steven Greenberg of the Siena poll.

While 52% of all New York voters polled support removing Trump from office, the partisan divide is deep. The poll found 78% of Democrats support removing Trump, while 81% of Republicans oppose it.

Overall, though, Trump remains hugely unpopular among New York voters, with a 65% to 32% unfavorable view of the Republican.

In New York, among Democratic voters, former Vice President Joe Biden has the support of 24% of those polled, up from 21% a month ago. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped to 14% support, from 21% a month ago. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped to 13%, from 16% a month ago, according to the poll. All those changes, however, are within the poll's margin of error and represent little if any statistically significant change.

The poll questioned 797 registered voters from Nov. 12 through Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points. The question that polled only Democrats — 380 of them — had a margin of error of 5.7 points.

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