New polling indicates that Americans are more likely to support impeaching President Donald Trump than they are likely to approve of his job performance. The president's favorability took a dip following his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.
On June 3, a daily tracking poll conducted by Gallup found that only 36 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance, while 58 percent disapproved.
The president's popularity has dropped dramatically since May 31, when 40 percent of respondents gave him positive marks, while 54 percent disapproved. The most high-profile event during that time interval was the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
On June 1, Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden that he was ending the U.S. participation in the climate agreement, an international pact between 195 countries to curb their carbon emissions output, CNN reports.
"I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," Trump stated.
On June 2, findings from a Rasmussen Reports survey found that only 30 percent of likely voters agreed with Trump's decision, while 60 percent believed that America's participating in the accord should have been decided by Congress.
Aggregating the nine national surveys released between May 13 and June 4, RealClearPolitics founds that Trump had an average approval rating of 40 percent, while an average 54 percent disapproved of his job performance.
Meanwhile, support for initiating impeachment proceedings against the president surged while his approval rating dropped.
On May 31, a Politico/Morning Consult survey found that 43 percent of respondents wanted Congress to impeach Trump, with over half of that figure wanting the president's ouster regardless of whether he had committed a demonstrable crime.
Among the respondents who supported impeachment of Trump, 54 percent agreed with the sentiment that the president "has proven he is unfit to serve and should be removed from office, regardless of whether he committed an impeachable offense or not."
Support for such a drastic measure had grown significantly since previous polling.
"Over the last week, support for beginning impeachment proceedings among voters rose from 38 percent to 43 percent," noted chief research officer Kyle Dropp of Morning Consult, according to Politico.
The survey also found a profound partisan split over impeachment -- while 71 percent of self-identified Democrat voters supported Congress removing the president, 76 percent of self-identified GOP voters were against the prospect.
Though it is unlikely the GOP-majority Congress would impeach Trump, recent polling indicates that the president is trending downwards in favorability, with nearly half of Americans ready to give him the boot.