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Oct. 8, 2019, 12:47 p.m. EDT

Most Americans, including an increasing number of Republicans, approve of Trump impeachment inquiry, polls show

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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The calls are getting louder.

More and more Americans are warming up to the idea of impeaching Trump.

According to a Washington Post-Shar School poll published Tuesday , 58% of respondents agree that Congress was right to begin the impeachment inquiry, while 38% disagree. The new figure is a big shift from recent polling numbers.

This poll was administered by telephone Oct. 1-6 among a random national sample of 1,007 adults. The Post explained that the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Another poll tallied just days earlier showed that 45% of Americans believe the House of Representatives should vote to impeach in response to a whistleblower’s complaint alleging Trump leveraged military aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating political rival Joe Biden and his son.

For much of the year, other Washington Post-Schar School polls reflected a country that was mostly in opposition of impeachment, but recent revelations appear to have pushed Americans to shift their stance.

As Nate Silver points out, it’s not just the left, either.

Meanwhile, Trump is still tweeting about Hillary Clinton:

Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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