Half of registered voters and a majority of independents think the Senate should convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial and remove him from office, according to a Fox News poll released Sunday.
The survey found that 50 percent of Americans think the Senate should vote to convict and remove Trump, while 44 percent believe the upper chamber should not vote to remove the president.
Eighty-one percent of Democrats say Trump should be removed from office, while 84 percent of Republicans say he shouldn’t.
A majority of independent voters, 53 percent, think Trump should be removed, while just 34 percent say he should not.
The numbers stand in stark contrast to when the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton began in January 1999.
Around the beginning of the trial, 38 percent of Americans said Clinton should be removed. In addition, 65 percent of Americans said at the time that they approved of the job Clinton was doing as president.
Trump’s approval rating has remained steady at 45 percent amid the impeachment proceedings.
Fox News noted that his approval rating hit a new high of 91 percent among Republicans in its most recent survey.
Trump was impeached in the House last month on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from allegations that he leveraged military aid to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations for his own political benefit. Trump has denied acting improperly, and his legal team has accused Democrats of trying to subvert the will of the voters.
A recent CNN poll found that 51 percent of Americans supported removing Trump from office. A Pew Research Center survey from last week also found a majority approving of Trump’s removal.