Poll: More support impeaching Trump than Nixon at start of Watergate

Impeaching President Trump is more popular now than impeaching President Richard Nixon was at the start of the Watergate scandal, according to a Monmouth University poll.

The poll, released Monday, found 41 percent of Americans support impeachment for Trump. In comparison, 26 percent supported Nixon’s impeachment six months into his second term, as the Watergate scandal was breaking.

Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said the higher percentage of Americans wanting impeachment is caused by “the current epidemic of hyper-partisanship that was simply not prevalent forty years ago.”

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The poll also found that Trump has a 39 percent job approval rating. And 59 percent said the meeting between top Trump campaign officials — including Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP consultant: Kid Rock would be 'prohibitive favorite' if he enters Michigan Senate race Scaramucci makes Sunday shows debut with vow to stop WH leaks OPINION | Should the president pardon himself and his family? MORE Jr. — and a Russian lawyer last year was inappropriate.

Fifty percent said they believed the purposes of the meeting was to get negative information about Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonScaramucci makes Sunday shows debut with vow to stop WH leaks Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Franken: Trump Jr., Manafort need to testify under oath MORE, and 39 percent said Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner should be made to resign after attending the meeting.

The survey also found that nearly two-thirds think the Russian government definitely or probably tried to interfere in the election, and 54 percent believe Trump is too friendly toward Russia.

The Monmouth University poll surveyed 800 American adults from July 13 to 16 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.