The decline – from 43 percent in favor in December to 36 percent now – stems largely from a change in the Democrats' view of the president's dismissal. In December, 80% of self-identified Democrats said they favored removal – which now stands at 68%, down 12 points. Among independents and Republicans, support for impeachment fell by 3 points over the same period.
College graduates are the only major subgroup in which the decline was larger than Democrats: 50% of people were removed in December, 35% are now. Combining the two to examine Democrats with university degrees, support for impeachment has dropped 17 points, from 79% in December to 62% now.
Despite Pelosi's comments, some members of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives pledged to continue the impeachment process this year.
Overall, the proportion of Americans supporting Trump's dismissal is the lowest level since CNN started asking questions about it last June. Support had been as high as 47% last fall.
Even though Americans fear being indicted, only 4 out of 10 voters say congressional Democrats are baffling in the president's investigations that they have launched since they took control of the Room in January. About a third (34%) say that congressional Democrats do the right job and 22% say they do too little.
According to the poll conducted prior to the Cummings article, most Americans think the president is actually not enough to cooperate with Democrat surveys (53% too little), 32% say that it's not enough. is the amount that suits them and 9% that the president is doing too much. .
About two-thirds (67%) believe the president should release his tax returns publicly, much like in October.
The special advocate Robert Mueller's approval note for the handling of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election rebounded – 48% now approve and 37% disagree, which is a change from the almost equal divisions of early February and December. And 56% say they consider Russia's efforts to influence the election as a serious matter that should be the subject of a thorough investigation, while 38% view it primarily as an effort to discredit the Trump presidency. These results have been fairly stable in recent months.
At the same time, there has been a slight increase from Americans who think Trump has publicly told the truth about the survey (40% say it now, up slightly from 36% in December) although a majority (53%) feel that his statements have been mostly or completely wrong. The rate of approval of the president for the treatment of the survey remains stable at 32%.
There is also a more even gap now than in December on whether the survey is likely to involve Trump personally. In the new survey, 47% of respondents said that it was very likely that the president was personally involved in wrongdoing, while 48% said it was not too much or not at all likely. In December, 50% thought it was likely and 43% unlikely. This change is almost entirely about Republicans: in December, 23% thought Trump would probably be involved in wrongdoing; now, only 13% say the same thing.
Whatever the outcome, the poll suggests that Americans would be happy to support a public report on Mueller's findings. Eighty-seven percent say the results should be made public, 9% say it's not necessary.
The CNN survey was conducted by SSRS from March 14 to 17 on a random national sample of 1,003 adults reached on landlines or mobile phones by a live interviewer. The results for the full sample have a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points; it is bigger for the subgroups.